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Browser not recognised as a mobile browser

asked 2013-12-28 23:19:40 +0300

Slavov Welsinksi gravatar image

There are many sites that don't recognise the native browser as being a mobile browser and as a result, don't offer the html5 version of videos for viewing on the device. Here's one example page that displays a video that plays fine on an old ipod touch but is unplayable in the native Jolla browser http://www.maoritelevision.com/news/regional/kiwibank-considers-nzer-year-recipient

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I experienced the same. Browser needs to be improved, let them time to do it. Maybe for January :-)

juju_des_highlands ( 2013-12-29 00:06:20 +0300 )edit

I think it should have a button which is easily accessible: show as mobile or don't show as mobile.

nander ( 2013-12-29 01:41:34 +0300 )edit

I tried changing some of the browser config in .mozilla to give it a more common but equivalent(ish) UA but for some reason it wouldn't override the default.

fivepointsquare ( 2013-12-29 02:00:30 +0300 )edit

@robertc you should convert it to answer. and there is already another question about overriding UA.

AL13N ( 2013-12-29 10:05:55 +0300 )edit

Hi, faulty detection or not, it is an issue for Sailfish at those sites work well with other OS. A simple user will ask for the good functionality, not the problem cause.

damourti ( 2013-12-29 12:26:24 +0300 )edit

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answered 2013-12-29 03:25:40 +0300

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updated 2013-12-29 16:12:21 +0300

It's not an issue with the browser, it's an issue with faulty detection being used by those websites. You should complain to the websites.

If you want to do something more general to improve the situation then you could try buying a WURFL , DeviceAtlas or 51degrees license and complaining that it doesn't work, or getting involved with the OpenDDR project.

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That's not a good answer. The user wants things to work seamlessly.

Contacting individual sites achieves nothing because all they tell you is that it works for everyone else.

Slavov Welsinksi ( 2013-12-29 16:02:55 +0300 )edit

Back in the early part of this century when many websites were written for IE, Mozilla had an advocacy department which reached out to individual websites and helped them improve while Opera added a load of features to their browser so it could pretend to be IE. Mozilla's approach was better.

robertc ( 2013-12-29 16:06:41 +0300 )edit

I agree that things must be done in the appropriate technical way. But for the moment Sailfish is not known and if the first users see to many inconveniences they will not adopt the OS. While working on the marketing part, a temporary solution would be great to attrack people to Sailfish.

damourti ( 2013-12-29 18:48:15 +0300 )edit
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