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Old December 18th, 2009, 01:30 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Maybe I missed it or just don't get it, but what are the advantages to this?
The Android WebKit browser is, for all intents and purposes, a fully-fledged web browser (with some minor quirks)

The advantage of changing your UA string to appear to be a different browser-type or device is that you don't get forced into viewing a 'mobile version' of a particular webpage. Mobile browsing is still very young, and these versions tend to be geared toward browsers that don't know about things like images, JavaScript, flash, etc. That is to say, very ugly and generally not very functional.

It should only really be necessary if the website you're viewing is overly-agressive about the UA string - I've had a few sites direct me to the 'mobile version' even when the 'Mobile View' option is disabled in the browser settings.
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