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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RE: Mobile is probably higher
by phoenix on Wed 14th May 2014 16:33 UTC in reply to "Mobile is probably higher"
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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:

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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phoenix Member since:

Interesting. I haven't used it in a long time. Last time I used it, I found that it presented the mobile site by default, and you had to bring up the menu and check the box for "Request Desktop Site" to re-load the desktop version of the page. And you couldn't make that a permanent setting ... you had to re-toggle it for every ... single ... page ... loaded. One of the main reasons I moved to Opera (back before it was considered Classic) on my phones (more recently moved to Chrome).

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