Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 13th May 2014 20:35 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes

It's been a while since we've done one of these, so here we go: some detailed platform and browser statistics for OSNews. They're collected using Google Analytics, between 12 April and 12 May. As always, these statistics are only relevant for OSNews, and can, in no way, be extrapolated to any other site.

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RE: Final note
by umccullough on Tue 13th May 2014 22:55 UTC in reply to "Final note"
umccullough
Member since:
2006-01-26

I don't know whether it's helpful (I'm not familiar with the machinations of Google Analytics) but the user-agent strings generated by Sailfish are the following:


Would probably have to ask the GA developers ;)

With Haiku, we ran into all sorts of weird UserAgent string issues a while back - where google.com all of a sudden started delivering the mobile version for no apparent reason. We moved a few things around in the UA and it magically started working again. Whatever regex magic they use, it seems to be easily confused.

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RE[2]: Final note
by flypig on Tue 13th May 2014 23:43 in reply to "RE: Final note"
flypig Member since:
2005-07-13

Science is able to reverse engineer the perceptible universe to figure out what happened 10E-37 seconds into the big bang 13.82 billion years ago, but reverse engineering GA's UA algorithm is a step too far ;)

Seriously though; you'd have thought there must be some way to reverse engineer this kind of thing, but from what you write, Google haven't tried to make it easy (I naively assumed there might even be documentation about it!).

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RE[3]: Final note
by umccullough on Tue 13th May 2014 23:53 in reply to "RE[2]: Final note"
umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

Seriously though; you'd have thought there must be some way to reverse engineer this kind of thing, but from what you write, Google haven't tried to make it easy (I naively assumed there might even be documentation about it!).


Well actually, it's probably easier than we're both thinking. I mean for example, I used the haiku-os.org GA stats to extrapolate how I thought GA was handling the UA from Haiku's WebPositive.

You could easily setup your own website, and attack it from your Maemo device and then review the GA stats that it produced.

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