At ScientiaMobile, we take pride in having the highest quality device detection solution available which is why we are constantly keeping pace with the changing mobile landscape (so you don’t have to). [Check out our Mobile Overview Report for up-to-date mobile analytics]. More than four years ago, in WURFL API 1.5, we created the ‘is_smartphone’ virtual capability. At the time, this innovation allowed our customers to focus on their core competencies and delegate the task of keeping up with the mobile smartphone ecosystem to ScientiaMobile.
Over the last few years, the world of mobile operating systems has undergone drastic changes. As a reminder, when the ‘is_smartphone’ capability was initially launched:
ScientiaMobile has been tracking all these changes to the world of mobile devices and fine-tuning the definition of what we call a smartphone. Now, we are planning a larger update to the definition of what we call a smartphone.
We want to inform our current customers about the many positives of this large update, as well as give them time to adjust to the new definition of smartphones in case it impacts their mobile analytics reporting. A small amount of web traffic that was previously being classified as smartphones will now be classified as non-smartphones and vice-versa. The net impact of these changes is greater conformity to what the industry considers a “smart” smartphone, with minimal reclassification of current traffic.
In March, we will release our newly updated API (WURFL API 126.96.36.199) featuring new requirements for smartphone detection such as:
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