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Old November 7th, 2009, 10:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Why do some websites force you to their mobile version

I hate being forced by some websites to view their functionally challenged "mobile" version. The standard versions look amazing on the Droid!

I assume the sites are reading the useragent string from the browser and forcing the redirect. Any way to change what the useragent is reporting? I've searched quite a bit and haven't found a resolution. Your wisdom would be most appreciated!

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Old November 7th, 2009, 11:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't know why they force you to use it, I'm assuming the site detects your connection. Some websites offer you the full version if u click a link that's usually at the bottom or top of page, sorry I know this doesn't really answer question.
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Old November 8th, 2009, 11:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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bumping this thread. I have the same issue on my blackberry I could change the coding the browser used. Even site by site.

The full sites look so great on that screen and the browser does a great job of rendering them it is a shame to be forced to the mobile site.
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Old November 8th, 2009, 11:12 PM   #4 (permalink)
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usually you can just click a link that's at the bottom of the page that will switch it back to the full version. the mobile version is obviously loaded for reasons.
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I think my storm was able to choose how you wanted to view. Internet explorer, firefox, or bb style
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When you connect to the website they detect what browser you are using. If the detect a mobile browser, they will usually default to their mobile website version.

I don't know of any way to change that but that is the reason. As stated above, most websites will offer you the option to view the full website at the bottom of the page.

And if all else fails you could give some of the other browsers a test drive. I would do that for you but my droid isn't arriving until Tuesday.

I hope that helps a little!
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Old November 8th, 2009, 11:20 PM   #7 (permalink)
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i cant remember what someone said. However, they said to change some setting in the browser options to "desktop" mode....my droid isnt here yet either
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The steel browser allows you to set the useragent to a desktop setting in the preferences. Thanks for the assistance everyone!
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Old November 10th, 2009, 09:30 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Well on my G1 I used Loccy's Better Browser and it had a choice to either use Desktop, Android or iPhone browser detection. I really hope Loccy updates that browser to work on the G1 because it has multitouch and a ton of other settings. The best thing is it isn't a new app, it actually modifies the stock browser.
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Does Steel modify the stock browser, or is it completely separate? If you install something that does modify the stock browser, how can you back out the changes?
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Old November 11th, 2009, 09:50 AM   #11 (permalink)
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It's just Karma because you're all trying to view redtube on your mobiles ;-)
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Steel is a separate browser. Seems to work pretty good when I want the full website. Had a few force closes, but nothing horrible.
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Because we don't have flash yet!

Nah its because they know we are on a mobile phone browser. You can check full site usually at the bottom of websites. I can't wait for flash. =P
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Strangely on Android 1.5; it is possible to change the browser to 'desktop' mode.

I do not see this option on my Droid.
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i cant find the steel browser in the market. what did you search for? ive tried steel browser, web browser, browser...
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Old November 12th, 2009, 07:28 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I found it by searching steel and it was right at the top...but if you still can't find it, try the Dolphin browser. Haven't used it a lot but did try desktop mode for a site that forces the mobile version and it brought up the full version very nicely. I don't know the pros and cons about each but both browsers have high ratings.
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It's just Karma because you're all trying to view redtube on your mobiles ;-)
Wait! That doesn't work on the Droid! Well off to find a different phone.....
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I hear tube8 works.
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