More and more smartphone manufacturers have been moving towards on-screen buttons, with Google really pushing for it over the physical button alternative. However, there are still a few OEMs (we're looking at you, Samsung) that have preferred to keep things a bit more traditional. Tell us which way you prefer and why.
Setting Chrome User Agent to Desktop Permanently
One of the best browsers around for Android devices is, without a doubt, Google Chrome (experiences may vary). It has mostly everything we look for when we try to get the best mobile browsing experience in the palm of our hands: speed, stability, and best of all, we do not need to rely on mobile sites, which are normally minimized versions of their full counterparts. However, there is one major flaw on this browser, which is not present in other browsers: the user agent string cannot be set up directly. Instead, Chrome allows users to choose between mobile version and full desktop version of most sites by clicking “Request desktop site.” If this annoyed you to the point of switching browsers, fear no more because XDA Forum Member omac_ranger has exactly what you need.
The dev has written a small guide on his blog, which shows step-by-step how to set up the browser to constantly render pages as if you were using a full desktop browser. This process is fairly simple, and anyone with limited knowledge of adb should be able to follow this guide without an issue, as it only requires you to push a file to your Android device and set the correct permissions.
Needless to say, you will need to have a rooted device to do this. So, if you were pondering about yet another possibly good use of “root” on your device, you now have one more to add to your excuse list. Please try this out and leave any feedback (if any). Have fun and happy browsing!
Hey guys, I wrote an article over on our site that shows a quick walkthrough on how to display full desktop websites permanently on Chrome for Android Mobile so that you don’t have to visit the mobile site, then hit “request desktop site” button any more.
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