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Published on Thursday, February 6, 2020

Product Update: January

We've started 2020 with the release of our Beta Program, and this provides access to the latest version of device detection and our new Pipeline API.

Four new properties and a new property value have been added to our data files to help solve day to day device detection challenges. These include FrequencyBands, CssGrid, Fetch, WebP & Smartspeaker.

January Data File Updates

The current number of Lite combinations in our database is 451,479

The current number of Premium combinations in our database is 1,058,690

The current number of Enterprise combinations in our database is 1,386,515

If you haven't already, we recommend you set up Automatic Data Updates to save time. Alternatively, all of the latest data files are available to download manually here.

Don't currently have a subscription? Need to access data files? Visit our evaluation page.

Product Updates

New property - FrequencyBands

This new property indicates the list of frequency bands supported by the device.

Available in TAC data

New property - CssGrid

This new property indicates if the browser supports all CSS Grid properties.

CSS Grid Layout is a powerful layout system available in CSS. You work with Grid Layout by applying CSS rules both to a parent element (which becomes the Grid Container) and to that element's children (which become Grid Items).

Values – True, False, Unknown

Available in Lite, Basic, PremiumV3, Enterprise, TAC data

New property - WebP

This new property indicates if the browser supports the WebP image format.

WebP is an image format that supports encoding images in both lossless and lossy formats, making it a versatile format for any visual media.

Values – True, False, Partial, Unknown

Available in Lite, Basic, PremiumV3, Enterprise, TAC data

New Property - Fetch

This property indicates if the browser supports the Fetch API

Fetch is a new native JavaScript API, supported by most browsers today. Fetch allows you to make network requests like XMLHttpRequest.

Values – True, False, Unknown

Available in Lite, Basic, PremiumV3, Enterprise, TAC data

New Property Values – Smartspeaker

The device is a wireless device and voice command device with an integrated virtual assistant.

Media is being consumed in more ways these days, not just via your traditional desktop, smartphone, or tablet. We have this new device type to expand on our current list to keep up to date with modern trends while providing an accurate property value for our customers to call.

Sample of devices which have DeviceType set to Smartspeaker:

Homepod – AppleCoreMedia/ (HomePod; U; CPU OS 11_2_5 like Mac OS X; en_us)

Amazon Alexa - AlexaMediaPlayer/2.0.201548.0 (Linux;Android 5.1.1) ExoPlayerLib/1.5.9

Sonos - Linux UPnP/1.0 Sonos/53.3-71050 (ZPS14)

Available in Basic, PremiumV3, Enterprise, TAC data

New browser – Microsoft Edge

Last week Microsoft released a stable version of their latest Edge browser, based on Chromium. We have added this to our database for released versions 79-81.

Learn more: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge?form=MO12GB&OCID=MO12GB

Edge (Chromium) for Windows version 79 example;

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/79.0.3945.45 Safari/537.36 Edg/79.0.309.30

UA-Client Hints

You may have seen the news that was released this month regarding Google's proposal to phase out the User-Agent as we know it today and introduce a new industry standard called UA Client-Hints.

We have written a blog post regarding the drafted proposal, with our perspective. Also, see our CEO James Rosewell's response to The Chromium Group.

If you have any other concerns, we are always more than happy to discuss this matter. Please feel free to contact support@51degrees.com.

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