Section / Technology
  • 11 Mar 2023
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Applications and devices used to consume to content.

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How we recognise apps, devices and platforms

Information on the "Technology" page is derived from analysing the User-Agent string sent by the browser or application when requesting content. Here is an example of what a User-Agent string can look like for a Samsung Galaxy S22 Android browser:

Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; Android 12; SM-S906N Build/QP1A.190711.020; wv) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Chrome/80.0.3987.119 Mobile Safari/537.36

Our analytics uses a combination of free user-agent libraries, a commercial user-agent service and our own custom list of known applications to extract "Device", "Platform" and "Application" for each request. We also continually review and update our list of known applications to cater for new or changed User-Agent strings.

Despite this, due to their complexity and the lack of standards for what a User-Agent should contain, our platform will never be able to recognise 100% of traffic sources.

When our plaform could not determine the specific device, platform or application for a request, will displayed as "Unknown" in our analytics data.

Device

Table. Device types used by listeners. Sorted by most sessions first, includes the "Session %" column which indicates the percentage of the total active sessions that a line item makes up.

Platform

Table. Operating systems used by listeners. Sorted by most sessions first, includes the "Session %" column which indicates the percentage of the total active sessions that a line item makes up.

Application

Table. Applications used by listeners. Sorted by most sessions first, includes the "Session %" column which indicates the percentage of the total active sessions that a line item makes up.

Device histogram

Bar chart. Histogram of top 10 device types.

Platform histogram

Bar chart. Histogram of top 10 operating systems.

Application histogram

Bar chart. Histogram of top 10 application.