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I was wondering is there a way to use php to detect a mobile device period?

I fixed something with the iPhone and I need to just be able to detect any mobile device.

Thank you,
Brian
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by:gplana
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This doesn't seem to be possible, as you can't access to client properties from server. However, you can pass some kind of parameter on the URL. For example you can make your Android device call this URL:

http://myurl.com/myfile.php?device=Android

and make the call from your iPhone device this way:

http://myurl.com/myfile.php?device=iPhone

Or maybe just use one and assume that if this argument isn't present then assume the other.

Then on PHP you should do something like this:

if ($_GET['device']=='iPhone) {
   // Put the code for iPhone case here
}
else
{
   // Put the code for Android case here
}

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Hope it helps. Regards.
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Ray Paseur earned 2000 total points
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Didn't we cover this recently?  You were going to make a collection of HTTP_USER_AGENT values, right?
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by:Ray Paseur
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you can't access to client properties from server
Actually you get whatever the client sends in the request.  This usually includes some very useful information which is present in $_ENV and/or $_SERVER arrays.  PHP creates these arrays before your script gets control.  You can see what is in there with var_dump($_SERVER);
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by:burnedfaceless
ID: 39717558
I was wondering if there was an easier way.

The iPhone form distortion was brought about by css media queries I think they don't interact with bootcamp well on iPhone.

9/10 Android devices run it properly but for that one user we're a bush-league site.

So I will use header or whatever and have separate mobile and desktop pages.

Unless there's a better route.
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by:burnedfaceless
ID: 39717574
Ultimately css media queries are limited so I'm agreeing with Ray on using php.

The bootstrap template is forgiving but if you work out of it don't add other css queries. Android is too fragmented and the iPhone has its own issues.
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by:Ray Paseur
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You can use header() to redirect to another script or you can just load the script directly in PHP, perhaps with include() and run the script without redirection.  Something conceptually like this...

if (iphone) include('iphone_script.php')
elseif (android) include('android_script.php')
elseif (desktop) include('desktop_script.php')
else trigger_error('UNKNOWN BROWSER", E_USER_ERROR);

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