Apollo’s user-agent string

I’ve been quite interested to see how Apollo handles the rendering of HTML, which got me thinking about what user-agent string it would actually present to a site that it is browsing. So, here ’tis:

AppleWebKit/420+ (KHTML, like Gecko) Safari/419.3 Apollo/1.0.Alpha1

I haven’t seen this mentioned much before, but when visiting sites that detect for Flash using the swfobject code, the alternative content ends up being displayed in Apollo. I’m assuming this is because the swfobject can’t detect whether the flash plugin is installed within the Apollo browser. Has anyone else noticed this, or have any pointers as to how to circumvent this?

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3 thoughts on “Apollo’s user-agent string”

  1. was this on a mac? i just checked from windows and i got this:

    “Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; en) AppleWebKit/420+ (KHTML, like Gecko) Safari/419.3 Apollo/1.0.Alpha1”

    using the “DryerFox” app (i don’t know if DryerFox messes with the user-agent or not)

  2. I’m on a PC, I just didn’t include the part of the User Agent string that would suggest this. Here’s the full string from the log file:
    "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; en) AppleWebKit/420+ (KHTML, like Gecko) Safari/419.3 Apollo/1.0.Alpha1"


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