Do Websites detect type of device?

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Doug Haag Senior Member • Posts: 2,637
Do Websites detect type of device?

This is not a computer question per se, but I suspect someone here will know the answer.

When I got to googlemaps on my desktop PC there are a number of features that I use,  I can toggle between a map display and a satellite view.  I can click on the "street view" icon to bring up a photographic image of the location.  A right-click of the mouse will reveal more features, like displaying the longitude and latitude coordinates of the map position of the cursor or allow me to measure distances.

If I go to the exact same website on a different device (say a tablet or a smartphone), many of these features seem unavailable.  Do websites actually detect the type of device that is connecting to them and modify the display accordingly?  If not, what is going on?

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