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Chrome on Android Update Allows Users to Bypass Mobile View

By - Source: Wired | B 25 comments

Mobile layouts for some websites can be pretty atrocious. Thankfully, Chrome for Android will allow you to view the full site at the click of a button.

Perhaps one of the most polarizing experiences of browsing the Internet with mobile or tablet devices is automatic redirection to mobile "friendly" layouts, which usually either aren’t so “friendly” or easy on the eyes. Certain sites go so far as to prevent your ability to switch to regular site view by redirecting you immediately back to the mobile site.

Fortunately, Google understands such a plight and has implemented a new feature in the latest version of Chrome for Android, which prevents sites from automatically redirecting Android users to mobile versions of sites. Chrome does this by altering the browser’s User Agent String, which in turn alters what platform websites think you’re visiting with. As a result, you’re able to load sites in desktop view that would otherwise insist on you viewing the site in the mobile layout at a simple touch of a button.

Sadly for those who don’t have the latest Android devices and have been left behind from the Ice Cream Sandwich update, Chrome for Android is currently only available on Android 4.0 (note: the stock browser in ICS also has the ability to request for a desktop version of a website). Everyone else will have to hang their heads sadly and use a web browser alternative. 

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    edlivian , April 19, 2012 3:09 PM
    +1 for Dolphin HD
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    elcentral , April 19, 2012 3:09 PM
    the worst thing in existence is Mobile View. first thing i disabled in my Symbian mobile 1 year ago
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    icepick314 , April 19, 2012 3:11 PM
    but your mobile company may think you're tethering your phone to a PC using a regular browser and add that extra charge if you don't have that plan...

    Chrome users may want to think about that before enabling such features....
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    holygigi , April 19, 2012 3:17 PM
    Opera anyone?
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    maestintaolius , April 19, 2012 3:20 PM
    First thing I do on my Transformer Prime is set it to "request desktop site" when I open the browser. I hate the mobile views.
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    brett1042002 , April 19, 2012 3:33 PM
    been doing this on Dolphin for a year or so now..
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    skaz , April 19, 2012 3:39 PM
    Mobile versions of websites drive me nuts.
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    shanky887614 , April 19, 2012 4:05 PM
    had this on opera for over a year


    under settings. it is on mobile or might have been mini forget which
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    etudions , April 19, 2012 4:08 PM
    I'm proud of you.
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    trapper , April 19, 2012 4:18 PM
    icepick314but your mobile company may think you're tethering your phone to a PC using a regular browser and add that extra charge if you don't have that plan...Chrome users may want to think about that before enabling such features....

    They are not tethering though...what form of website you load isn't what determines if you're charged for tethering or not.
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    Shin-san , April 19, 2012 4:19 PM
    Opera is a good browser, but wow does it eat up storage
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    zak_mckraken , April 19, 2012 5:20 PM
    Good thing. Most of time, the mobile version of a site offers better viewability and ergonomics, but sometimes you just need the full version and can,t get it. Pretty anoying.
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    victorious 3930k , April 19, 2012 6:22 PM
    Maybe this should be a hint to TH to make a better mobile version?
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    gm0n3y , April 19, 2012 6:36 PM
    Hadn't noticed that, but now that I check my phone there is an checkbox option to "Request desktop site". I'll have to keep that in mind as many mobile sites are terrible. For example Youtube's mobile site is bad and their app is no better.
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    omega21xx , April 19, 2012 6:58 PM
    O_o
    I've been able to disable mobile view on my HTC EVO 3D since the day I got it, I can even change the User Agent. This is the stock android browser, and I'm not sure how this changes anything aside adding a button that changes the User Agent for you rather than typing it in.
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    frankbough , April 19, 2012 7:21 PM
    icepick314but your mobile company may think you're tethering your phone to a PC using a regular browser and add that extra charge if you don't have that plan...Chrome users may want to think about that before enabling such features....


    You're suggesting mobile companies check the user agent header of every HTTP request going over their networks to determine if someone is tethering or not? Not being funny that that sounds a bit of an unreliable method. They might just be checking their email when they tether.
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    everygamer , April 19, 2012 7:55 PM
    Why is this news .. the standard Android browser lets you do this, the Chrome Beta on mobile devices left the check box out an they added it in with the last patch. You make this sound like a new and unique thing to android phones/devices.
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    svdb , April 19, 2012 7:58 PM
    With this move Google in fact prevents software developers and publishers from producing HTML5 based web applications (as opposed to "web sites"). As despicable as it is, this move is logical if you consider Google's interest in apps is in its own apps store...
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    halcyon , April 19, 2012 9:47 PM
    Nice. I wish all mobile browsers simply had a global preference setting for this. It wouldn't be too soo if I never saw a "mobile" website (as opposed to the full version) again.
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    Darkk , April 20, 2012 3:26 AM
    I remember the old days where upon entering a website it'll ask you want the high or low bandwidth version. Low bandwidth just disables videos and certian plug-ins. I know the mobile version does the same thing. Just saying the idea isn't new.
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