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User-Agent meme: Oh you think Google is removing the UA to improve privacy

A Skeptic’s View On Google’s Intent To Deprecate And Freeze The User-Agent Header

Some people call me a skeptic, but I don’t believe them… Google intends to deprecate and freeze the User-Agent header due to privacy issues. Privacy issues, really Google? For some reason I doubt that Google is acting altruistically here. Their actions over the years suggests that there might be ulterior motives. So, with that in...

The DeviceAtlas guide to detecting iPhones

The latest DeviceAtlas whitepaper explains the difficulty around accurate device detection of iOS devices. In all Apple devices, the User-Agent string only indicates the hardware type, not the model. By parsing User Agents alone, all you’ll know is whether you’re dealing with an iPhone or an iPad. This leaves some useful properties outside your field...

How the world’s top websites serve mobile visitors

Now that site loading time is officially a ranking factor for Google SERPS, it’s timely to look at best practice in the area of web performance. The world’s biggest sites as ranked by Alexa, take this metric very seriously. And so they should. Just eking out small gains in the web performance can have big...

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Android statistics 2018 – SDK versions across all continents

When developing a new mobile application, you may wonder what minimum API level should be supported so you can reach the widest possible audience. You’ll also have questions relating to screen size and common performance of the devices you hope to reach. So, how does all this stand in 2018? Where can you find these...

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Closing the circle – Google acquisitions & the race to antitrust

With Facebook hogging most of the headlines over the last few months, Google has been quietly shoring up its assets and getting its ducks in a row. Facing a $5 billion fine by EU regulators for breaking antitrust laws with the Android locked-in ecosystem, the former-search provider has broken its own record for the highest...

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