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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by laufu, Sep 3, 2010.

  1. laufu

    laufu Member
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    Hello all

    I was trying to view a full version (desktop version) of a website, but unable to (www.fanhouse.com incase you are wondering). I remembered I could force my old HTC G1 to do this by changing the UA String by putting "about:debug" in the URL, then click "Menu" and setting UAString to desktop.

    When I did this on my Vibrant, the moment I exit out of settings page, the Web App crashes. The Web App will force close and can not be restarted until I go to Manage Appicaltions and do a "Clear data" of the Web App.

    Anyone have anyluck doing this? Is this a bug with the Samsung's browser or is it a problem with Android 2.1's browser? I still new to 2.1 and to Samsung's TouchWiz so bear with me.

    Thanks Kevin
     

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  2. w_bovine

    w_bovine Well-Known Member
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    What is the exact URL you are putting in? I'll give it a try. I went to the site, but it's clear the browser is recognized as mobile (tried on xScope too...same thing) with no apparent way to trick the server into believing you're on a desktop.
     
  3. BossDj

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    i am using the xScope Lite browser, free in the market, and am able to view any site as if i were browsing from a desktop, including espn, which ALWAYS reverts to m.espn when going from a mobile device. maybe an aftermarket browser is your best bet, and setting it for computer as the browsing agent, did the trick for me

    edited note: i did have to do a google search for espn, then click on one of the search results to get the main site, typing in the url only reverted to the mobile site.
     
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  4. laufu

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    I used www.fanhouse.com but it will load the mobile AOL version. Usually mobile websites as a matter of convenience provide access to the desktop versions, but not this one.

    My stock G1 with Android 1.6 could trick websites to load the desktop version with the UA String and it looks like the Vibrant's browser could do this, but due to a bug in the browser, it crashes/force close. At least on mine. Does the Vibrant use a Samsung browser or is it Android 2.1 browser?

    Maybe the easiest solution is to try another browser from the market. Any recommendations?

    Thanks
     

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