How to use Handset Detection

Handset Detection is a powerful detection library that can detect millions of combinations device, operating system, browser and app. Before getting started you'll need to  signup, and grab an account. It just takes a few minutes and signup is free.
After signing up you'll need to choose the best detection method for your use-case. We have 3 detection methods to choose from. 

Express Detection

Express Detection is our most popular detection option. Its perfect for redirecting mobile visitors to a mobile website, calling out the device type on a webpage or optimising a redirect based on carrier, location or device properties. There’s no server scripts or complicated setup. Tick a few boxes, fill out a field, then copy and paste a code snippet (javascript) into the <head> section of your web pages. Job Done. 

For more information see the APIv4 - Express Detection page.

Cloud Detection

Cloud Detection is our medium tech solution. Choose an API Kit, configure it with your access credentials and you’re detecting devices. API kits are small footprint and give you full control over the detection process. Simply pass the HTTP headers from your web request to the API kit and it’ll pass back the detection results.

Ultimate Detection

Ultimate Detection is our high tech, high performance detection solution. It uses the same API kits as Cloud Detection, just flicked over into Ultimate (local) mode. Expect performance in the thousands of detections per second range on modest hardware. There are no database dependencies and everything runs completely in memory, so it's blazingly fast.

Cloud Detection vs Ultimate Detection

Cloud and Ultimate are both built into each each supported API kit. You can switch between Cloud and Ultimate simply by changing a config file option in each kit. They also share identical API calls and identical API replies, so its a breeze to start with one and switch to the other if requirements change in the future.

Ultimate License

You will need an Ultimate licence to download the datafiles necessary for local detection, or feel free to use the Community Edition.

High Accuracy

All our services contain enhanced checks for device type, operating system (platform), browser and app. We dig deep into the information to ensure our results are as accurate as possible and don't simply rely on the operating system or browser that shipped with a device

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