Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 13th May 2014 20:35 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes

It's been a while since we've done one of these, so here we go: some detailed platform and browser statistics for OSNews. They're collected using Google Analytics, between 12 April and 12 May. As always, these statistics are only relevant for OSNews, and can, in no way, be extrapolated to any other site.

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Mobile is probably higher
by Eugenia on Tue 13th May 2014 21:00 UTC
Eugenia
Member since:
2005-06-28

I reckon that the stats for mobile browsers are higher than reported, because many browsers are redirected to the mobile version of osnews, that probably does not contain the tracking code for this statistics engine.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Good Point.

That used to happen quite often to me. I'm not sure how I got past that, but I haven't hit the mobile website in a while.

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RE: Mobile is probably higher
by henderson101 on Wed 14th May 2014 12:03 in reply to "Mobile is probably higher"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

That might be true - but the only browser I've seen recently to do that was one of the Opera ones. iOS and stock Android (Nexus, so Chrome) both give the full site.

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avgalen Member since:
2010-09-23

Windows Phone (8.1) gives me the mobile site as well, even though I used the setting that should give me the desktop version "always". It is driving me nuts because the comments are only shown 10 per page with no respect for their score (I normally only read level 3 and higher)

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RE: Mobile is probably higher
by phoenix on Wed 14th May 2014 16:33 in reply to "Mobile is probably higher"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

I reckon that the stats for mobile browsers are higher than reported, because many browsers are redirected to the mobile version of osnews, that probably does not contain the tracking code for this statistics engine.


Or, the stats for mobile browser could be under-reported as most of the mobile browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Opera) are configured to request the desktop site by default. I believe the AOSP Browser is the only one that defaults to mobile, and can't be set to desktop on a permanent basis.

I know all my mobile browsers (Chrome and Opera Classic) are configured for desktop.

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dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

I believe the AOSP Browser is the only one that defaults to mobile, and can't be set to desktop on a permanent basis.


The stock android browser (AOSP) will by default fetch the desktop version of OSNews. It will fetch the mobile version of Wikipedia, unless configured to fetch the desktop version. It depends on the site in question whether a mobile or a desktop version is served. Particularly confusing when using a tablet, sending you to mobile sites from time to time, semi-randomly.

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