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Old 03-09-2009, 09:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Haven't been able to find out much about this topic. We're making a website to be accessed from mobile devices. As part of our analytics we want to determine what type of smartphone is accessing our site (i.e., BlackBerry, iPhone, Palm, etc.). I can't think of a good way to do this, and haven't been able to find any tools anywhere. Any thoughts?

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Looks like I found something that might work. For anyone else trying the same, look at:

Handset Detection | The mobile web is calling !
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You inspect the user-agent HTTP header field - this tells you what type of device you are talking to.

A BlackBerry "User-Agent" header might look something like this:

"BlackBerry9530/4.7.0.75 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.0"
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Cool. Thanks. Yeah, I found some additional information on it. I've been playing around with that handset detection website. Pretty cool stuff, and it makes it pretty easy for me since they're the ones that monitor whether various User Agents for various phones change. All I have to do is make the correct API calls, and they do the rest of the work.
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