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Hi,

 

I have recently launched an app which is basically a html newsfeed of our mobile site. My question is will this affect analytics of our mobile site? I have been advised by the developers that it won't affect analytics as it basically works like a browser so will still collect all the data. If it doesn't affect analytics where would this app appear in the list of Browser & OS in GA or will I have to create a new one for this?

 

Thanks in advance,

Bill

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Hi Bill,

if you are pulling your mobile site's full content (including scripts) into an app Web view, there is a good chance that the Javascript engine in the browser will indeed execute all scripts therein (incuding Google Analytics) and therefore trigger tags and register page views, sessions, etc.

If you are just pulling blog post content without any of the templating that goes with it, then you should be safe.
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Thanks Julien,

the app is pulling in the entire website as a html feed so that's good, is there anyway of testing it?

Also, would you happen to know where the app would appear in GA? I assume it would be under Safari (in app) but it would be good to have an individual browser type just for the app though I wouldn't know how to set this up!

Thanks,
Bill

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A safe bet would be under Audience > Tech > Network > Hostname = (not set)
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Thanks again, how would I know if this is just sessions through the app and not other 'not set' networks? Is there anything I could drop into the app code so GA would recognise it and specifically assign analytics to it?

Thanks,
Bill

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that's the thing: hostname set to 'not set' usually means not hosted on your site and very likely on your app.
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Thanks, the network 'not set' part of the analytics was showing sessions before the app went live so it must include something else though what I don't know!

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Just double checked and there are definitely sessions logged in the network 'not set' before the html feed app went live.

Just wondering how I can separate analytics received through the app in GA, if indeed it's even possible??

Thanks,
Bill

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Sure, create a view that is dedicated to the in-app content and set to Browser equals Safari in-app for instance
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Thanks again but the in app content is the website content, how do you point GA to the content being viewed through the app if it's the same content as viewed through any other browser??