Posts with tag: 'User Agent'

How to Correctly Form User-Agents for Mobile Apps

Native apps, Mobile apps, or just apps. We call them different things and we use them all the time. From a business perspective, apps complement mobile and desktop sites. They are natural extension of an online strategy. Because of this, it’s important to take the necessary steps to make sure the native apps, and their versions, are identifiable. This is critical both from an analytics perspective as well as from a devops or support perspective. Native apps have much in common with the web. Apps often use the same online resources as the web site like RESTful APIs, images or […]

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Correctly Form User-Agents for Webview Apps

user agent hybrid app

Hybrid webview apps are a popular and cost efficient way to distribute online properties through app stores. A hybrid app is a native application with all the bells and whistles, but some part and sometimes even all functionality is developed using HTML, CSS ,and JavaScript and rendered by a webview component. This is why the hybrid app is also called a “webview app”. You can think of the webview component inside the app as a browser window. Inside the browser window, a webpage or web app is rendered. This page or app is communicating with a server on the internet, […]

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The Shifting Sands of Device Identifiers

Or, The Half-Life of User Agents One of the key identifiers that WURFL uses to detect devices is the user agent (UA) string. This string morphs based on the device, OS version, browser version and several other dimensions. Over the lifecycle of a device, that device’s user agent will change – especially if you are gadget geek who upgrades, experiments with alternate browsers, or generally fiddles around with his/her phone or tablet. So, we knew UA string change, but how quickly do we see the universe of active user agents change? If we see a user agent this month, what […]

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