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How does Places Scout's Mobile Website Detection Algoritm Work?
Posted by Mark Kabana on 21 February 2012 10:49 AM

Places Scout detects mobile sites by checking for mobile redirects.

Basically how it works is that the software will visit the business' website using standard desktop browser HTTP headers (using firefox as the browser), and it will save the final destination URL on that attempt. Then the software will visit the same site again, but this time it will use HTTP headers for an iPhone. It will save the final redirect URL of this visit.

If the final URL redirect for the desktop request doesn't match the URL of the mobile request, then the software assumes that the site has built in detection for mobile clients and redirects them to a different version of the site, so it will say that this website does have a mobile version.

This algorithm seems to work rather well, however, if you have any suggestions on how to improve it, please feel free to open a support ticket and send us your feedback and suggestions.

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