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If you use a tablet to access Fluther, which version of the site do you see?

Asked by hearkat (21935 points ) April 29th, 2014

Please tell us which tablet you use, which OS it runs, and which browser(s) you use for Fluthering.

We have been contacted by someone who is not happy with version of the site that their tablet displays. My iPad 3 with iOS 7 using Google Chrome for iPad always shows me the full site: www.Fluther.com. Google Chrome for iOS on my iPhone 5s, also takes me to the full site (it’s a little tougher to see, but it’s beneficial for moderating). I just accessed the site in Safari on the iPhone, didn’t even log in, changed to “desktop” display, closed the browser, removed it from the queue, shut down and restarted the phone. When I opened Safari, it came back to the desktop site. In my case, it seems that the browsers remember my preference.

Another moderator states that their Samsung Galaxy Note (is that a tablet or a phone?) directs them to the mobile version of Fluther: i.Fluther.com. However, I am unsure whether it’s their preference, or which Android OS they have.

I am trying to help this person figure out how they can set their device to access the version of the site that they prefer, rather than getting redirected to the version that they like less and having to manually switch back every time. From what has been reported, they are on a Samsung tablet running Android, but no further details have been provided thus far.

Therefore, I’m trying to survey tablet-using Jellies about the behavior of their tablets, and whether they have found a way to have their browser default to one version or the other. If those who have more knowledge of Android for tablets could also help out, that would be appreciated. For example, since Android is Google’s OS, are there other browser options that are available from the Google Play Store?

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Tropical_Willie's avatar

I use Nook HD+ and see both but use desktop.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

I have a brand new Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro running the Android OS called Kit Kat. It’s version 4.4.2.

When I open my Google Chrome browser on it to access Fluther, it automatically opens the mobile site. However, if I quickly scroll to the bottom of the page, there is an option which allows me to switch to the desktop site.

It’s very simple.

hearkat's avatar

@Tropical_Willie – Does your Nook default to one, and were you able to choose which it defaults to? Or do you have to go through the steps as noted by @Hawaii_Jake?

@Hawaii_Jake – I’ve instructed the person to do that or change the www to i (or vice versa), but they find it “annoying”, so I was hoping someone would know a way to change the default.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Acer tablet, Mobile shows by default.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

The Nook HD+ defaults to “i.fluther .com’ if you understand.

hearkat's avatar

@ARE_you_kidding_me – You’re running Android? Are there no ways to change the default?

hearkat's avatar

I just borrowed my fiancé‘s Acer Nexus 7 and his opened right to the desktop page. He showed me that in the drop down menu, there’s a preference checkbox where you can “request desktop site”. I’d appreciate if others could confirm whether they see this option, and if it then defaults to the full site, please?

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

@hearkat Yes, I have that option in my Google Chrome browser on my Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

@hearkat yes and I usually select this option but on a 7” tablet the mobile site sometimes seems better to me.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

The collective mind wins again!

hearkat's avatar

Cool, thanks for the input!

jerv's avatar

From either my phone or my Nook Color (with Cyanogenmod), I run Dolphin Mini, and use the desktop site.

@Tropical_Willie Flash Cyanogenmod onto your HD and you’ll open up a whole new world.

downtide's avatar

I’m the mod with the Samsung Galaxy Note and it’s on Android version 4.2.1 (Jellybean). The redirect to the mobile site is the default behaviour. I do have the checkbox (accessed from the menu in the top right corner of the browser) to switch to Desktop view but it does not save this preference and if the browser is closed and re-opened, I have to do it again. It does not save my preference. If there is a way to save desktop view as a default, I have been unable to find it.

Android tablets can run Chrome but I haven’t tried it.

hearkat's avatar

@downtide – I thought Chrome was the default browser on Android, since they’re both Google products? My fiancé has Chrome and a Beta version of Chrome. I’m not sure which I used last night. Also, he never closes his browser or even his tabs (makes me bonkers) so it is possible that he had Fluther opened to the desktop version in another Tab, and that’s why it automatically went there when I opened the new tab.

Do any of the Android tablet users have the desktop site bookmarked? I wonder if bookmarking it would prevent it from redirecting to the mobile… I’d appreciate if someone could test that out.

It’s odd to me that Android, which is supposed to be much more customizable than iOS, doesn’t allow the user to set preferences. The size of the tablet and the reader’s eyesight will result in a range of preferences across users and hardware.

@jerv – Dolphin Mini is the browser? Does it allow you to set the preference for desktop vs. mobile pages?

canidmajor's avatar

I use an iPad and I go to the main site via Safari. I have not been offered an alternative by the system, but I have also not sought out an app.

jerv's avatar

Not really, but it goes wher eyou tell it to. I use it mostly for the gesture UI, though the newer versions of Firefox for Android have been decent enough that I now switch back and forth.

downtide's avatar

@hearkat I tested saving a bookmark of the desktop site and going back to it, and it went back to the desktop version with the preferences box ticked. I saved another bookmark on the mobile version and this one re-opens as mobile. So it looks like the preferences are saved page-by-page with the bookmark. Which is good, I suppose, because some sites work better as the mobile site and others as the desktop version.

hearkat's avatar

Good to know. Thanks, @downtide!

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