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ASP.NET Mobile Device Detection with Additional Methods

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ASP.NET Mobile Device Detection with Additional Methods

Introduction

In ASP.NET, you can easily detect the mobile device request using Request.Browser.IsMobileDevice  property and Request.UserAgent.But these functionalities don't work all the time, so to get the more appropriate results for the mobile detection and want to get more details about the mobile, the WURFL.dll is more useful.

Background

Some of the popular mobile devices/browsers won’t be detected using this way because ASP.NET browser files are not supported in Opera Mobile or Android devices. That means if you want to classify the desktop page and mobile page, it won't helps you out.

Using the Code

  1. Add the WURFL.dll reference to your project.
  2. Copy the App_Data files to your project App_Data folder.
  3. Copy & Paste the WurflLoader.cs file to your App_Code folder.
  4. Build the project and now you can try the sample page WebForm1.aspx in browser.
	//
	// The sample Method to check weather the device is a mobile and not a tablet.
	//
public static Boolean isMobile()
{
   var device = WurflLoader.GetManager().GetDeviceForRequest(HttpContext.Current.Request);
   if (Convert.ToBoolean(device.GetCapability("is_wireless_device")) && !Convert.ToBoolean(device.GetCapability("is_tablet")))
  {
     return true;
  }
  else
  {
     return false;
  }
}

Points of Interest

If there is a need of mobile browser detection and classification of mobiles needed, then this will be very useful. This is an open standard DLL.

License

This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)

About the Author

Manoj Kumar Kota
Software Developer (Senior) Synergy computer solutions
India India
Senior software engineer (Hyderabad,India)
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Comments and Discussions

 
QuestionIS this Open Licence? PinmembersachinDabas8-Apr-14 19:33 
SuggestionDevice detection in multiple languages. [modified] PinmemberJMatthewson18-Sep-12 4:10 
If you're looking for some open source code which fulfills a similar purpose, check out 51Degrees.mobi. I'm doing some work for them on their open source C solution, but they also have solutions implemented for Java, ASP.NET and PHP.

modified 18-Sep-12 10:19am.

SuggestionThis is NOT a one stop solution!! PinmemberD Becker3-Nov-11 4:03 
GeneralRe: This is NOT a one stop solution!! Pinmembermanuscrazy3-Nov-11 20:27 
GeneralRe: This is NOT a one stop solution!! PinmemberD Becker3-Nov-11 23:22 
QuestionWURFL is not so open anymore PinmemberDoug D in NH2-Nov-11 5:13 

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