Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 29th Mar 2011 23:09 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Ah yes, why not? The last time we did this, it was March 2009, so it's been two years since we offered a little insight into what kind of operating systems and browsers you, dear readers, are using. In those two years, a lot has changed. I will also explain why in the few cases that OSNews does host video, I will host it in WebM.
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Mobile
by big_gie on Tue 29th Mar 2011 23:52 UTC
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Member since:
2006-01-04

I do visit osnews on my brand new archos 43 internet tablet. There is only one reason why I wouldn't do it though: the mobile version is just plain ugly. It looks like 1996... A plain RSS reader might even be nicer...

Maybe some love to the mobile theme increase its usage count? Just a suggestion ;)

Interesting numbers nonetheless.

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RE: Mobile
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 29th Mar 2011 23:59 in reply to "Mobile"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Does that have a decent browser? We only serve the true mobile version to things like feature phones and such. This is probably a detection issue on our end. You can use the link at the bottom of the page to get the full version of OSNews.

iPhone/Android/WP7/etc. get OSNews regular.

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RE[2]: Mobile
by Stratoukos on Wed 30th Mar 2011 00:17 in reply to "RE: Mobile"
Stratoukos Member since:
2009-02-11

Opera Mini for iPhone also gets the true mobile version, despite being perfectly capable to render the full version. Not a major annoyance, since there's a link for the full site, but we were promised a fix about a year ago:

I did notice that the OSNews' mobile browser detection thingamabob redirects Opera Mini on the iPhone to our mobile site, which I think classifies as a bug. I'll talk with Adam and Eugenia to see if there's a way to fix that.

http://www.osnews.com/story/23150/Opera_Mini_Admitted_into_App_Stor...

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RE[2]: Mobile
by big_gie on Wed 30th Mar 2011 00:26 in reply to "RE: Mobile"
big_gie Member since:
2006-01-04

I don't know how decent it is... I haven't had any problem with it though. I use the either the built in navigator or Dolphin HD. Both report "Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 2.2.1; fr-ca; A43 Build/FROYO) AppleWebKit/533.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile Safari/533.1" as their user agent.

I do like the formatting of the mobile version (http://mobile.osnews.com/) as I don't have to zoom in to read anything (it's a 4.3 inch screen). And as oppose to an RSS feed, I can easily see the comments. But I still consider the colors as ugly, sorry ;) They do feel 1990-ish.

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RE[2]: Mobile
by siimo on Wed 30th Mar 2011 01:00 in reply to "RE: Mobile"
siimo Member since:
2006-06-22

My Android 2.2 Froyo device actually gets OSNews Mobile. And I actually prefer it to the desktop site cause I don't have to scroll around. But it does look ugly and uses the old OSNews colours.

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RE[2]: Mobile
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 30th Mar 2011 01:03 in reply to "RE: Mobile"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

No, not true to my experience.

I use my captivate to view the site daily with the stock froyo browser and opera mini. I always get shunted to the mobile site and have to click the link at the bottom of the page.

I am really close to installing dolphin as it allows you to change your browser string to get around such problems.

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RE[2]: Mobile
by ebasconp on Wed 30th Mar 2011 01:27 in reply to "RE: Mobile"
ebasconp Member since:
2006-05-09

Opera Mobile in my N900 also renders the mobile version of OSnews but MaemoB browser renders the decent version ;)

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RE[2]: Mobile
by pandronic on Wed 30th Mar 2011 06:18 in reply to "RE: Mobile"
pandronic Member since:
2006-05-18

My useragent on a Samsung Galaxy S:

Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 2.2; en-us; GT-I9000 Build/FROYO) AppleWebKit/533.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile Safari/533.1

I also get the mobile version, although I wish I didn't. The comments are not threaded and thus useless on that version, and the looks are kind of dated.

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RE[2]: Mobile
by lemur2 on Wed 30th Mar 2011 12:29 in reply to "RE: Mobile"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Does that have a decent browser? We only serve the true mobile version to things like feature phones and such. This is probably a detection issue on our end. You can use the link at the bottom of the page to get the full version of OSNews.

iPhone/Android/WP7/etc. get OSNews regular.


Possibly relevant:
Mozilla releases Firefox 4 for Mobile
http://www.h-online.com/open/news/item/Mozilla-releases-Firefox-4-f...
After more than a year of development, the Mozilla mobile project has announced the release of the final version of Firefox 4 for Mobile, also known as "Fennec", for the Maemo-powered Nokia N900 and various Android devices. According to the developers, the mobile version of Firefox "delivers an intuitive interface, unparalleled customization and support for modern Web technologies".

The mobile versions of Firefox are built on the same browser engine as the recently released Firefox 4.0 for desktop, version 2.0 of the Gecko rendering platform, and include several elements from their desktop counterpart, such as built-in support for Firefox Sync, add-ons and the "Awesome Bar" smart URL bar. The mobile browser features support for IPv6 on Android, tabbed browsing, and for copy and paste in all form fields on web pages, as well as modern HTML5 technologies.

The Android version of Firefox 4 for Mobile, which is said to be up to three times faster than the built-in browser, requires version 2.0 of the Android OS or later, A list of supported devices is available on the Mozilla Wiki – users running Android 2.2 can move the Firefox 4 for Mobile app to their SD card to save space on their device.


Edited 2011-03-30 12:31 UTC

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RE[2]: Mobile
by Carewolf on Thu 31st Mar 2011 11:11 in reply to "RE: Mobile"
Carewolf Member since:
2005-09-08

AFAIK Archos devices are either Windows or Android, if he runs android it sounds like you send the wrong version.

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RE[2]: Mobile
by adinas on Fri 1st Apr 2011 19:51 in reply to "RE: Mobile"
adinas Member since:
2005-08-17

Just my fyi: on my archos 101 (android/chrome), the full version comes up

Edited 2011-04-01 19:53 UTC

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