Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 6th Jan 2012 17:47 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Ah yes, why not? The last time we did this, it was March 2011, so it's been almost a year since we offered a little insight into what kind of operating systems and browsers you, dear readers, are using. Nothing particularly earth-shattering going on here.
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RE: Mobile Browsers
by Thom_Holwerda on Sat 7th Jan 2012 00:15 UTC in reply to "Mobile Browsers"
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

The low level of mobile browser reporting might be because of how weird the mobile version of OSnews is.

I read it there occasionally but if I want to post a comment I have to use a spoofed non-mobile user agent. The mobile comment posting just doesn't work for me.


Android, iOS, WP7, etc. get the full OSNews. Only non-capable browsers get the true mobile version of OSNews, but even there there's an opt-out link at the bottom to load the full page instead.

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RE[2]: Mobile Browsers
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Sat 7th Jan 2012 02:01 in reply to "RE: Mobile Browsers"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

You keep saying that, but my Android phone running Cyanogenmod which is pretty close to stock Android has never gotten the full site by default. Furthermore, its a pain in the but to hit the opt out link every time ( its supposed to stay full for a month, but never more than a browser session).

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RE[3]: Mobile Browsers
by galvanash on Sat 7th Jan 2012 05:43 in reply to "RE[2]: Mobile Browsers"
galvanash Member since:
2006-01-25

You keep saying that, but my Android phone running Cyanogenmod which is pretty close to stock Android has never gotten the full site by default. Furthermore, its a pain in the but to hit the opt out link every time ( its supposed to stay full for a month, but never more than a browser session).


Android devices are notoriously hard to detect correctly. Some include the "mobile" identifier and some don't (although it is getting much better as most new ones identify as "Mobile Safari" compatible). I expect what is happening is your browser's UA string does include the mobile flag, but for some reason is not being parsed as an Android device (and thus gets the mobile site by default). I would check to see what your User Agent string actually is:

http://whatsmyuseragent.com/

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RE[2]: Mobile Browsers
by zlynx on Sat 7th Jan 2012 19:03 in reply to "RE: Mobile Browsers"
zlynx Member since:
2005-07-20

I went to try it and it loaded the mobile site. Then I realized that the bookmark I'd used was set to mobile.osnews.com back from when I'd started using this phone.

Once I loaded osnews.com by typing it in, it did load the full site. I wonder when that changed.

Thanks Thom.

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RE[2]: Mobile Browsers
by BushLin on Sun 8th Jan 2012 05:44 in reply to "RE: Mobile Browsers"
BushLin Member since:
2011-01-26

I browse OSNews using Opera Mobile on Symbian^3 and it operates just fine. The site initially loaded in it's mobile form, however opting out was a pretty obvious and simple option.

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