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Last week the layout of Stack Overflow on my Samsung Galaxy Tab suddenly changed from normal-web (green/orange) to a more mobile layout with different colors (blue/orange) and a different order of the page items.

What memo or setting did I miss?

System info:

  • user agent is Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 2.2; nl-nl; GT-P1000 Build/FROYO) AppleWebKit/533.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile Safari/533.1

  • screen size is set to 800 x 1183


errata: Seems that that is in display-mode.portrait where the real resolution is 600 * 1024, according to the specs. (Did not have time to research that properly last night so I dumped above dimensions from this site). Somehow the software manages to deliver a different resolution, I don't know if that is the browser, the JavaScript or my system settings faking something.

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You missed this. –  BoltClock's a Unicorn Jul 13 '11 at 20:38
    
....Yes that! Why? –  Caspar Kleijne Jul 13 '11 at 20:39
    
You mean why they decided to do a mobile theme? –  BoltClock's a Unicorn Jul 13 '11 at 20:39
    
I did not spent $500 to have a mobile experience ;) Where are the docs on this? –  Caspar Kleijne Jul 13 '11 at 20:41
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Just click (or whatever) "full site" on the bottom. –  balpha Jul 13 '11 at 20:46
    
not saying that mobile site is bad, on the contrary it looks great! But the device is big enough to handle the "full site". :) thanks for the tip. –  Caspar Kleijne Jul 13 '11 at 20:49
    
We'll tweak the user agent and treat Galaxy as desktop. –  Jin Jul 13 '11 at 21:01

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Tablets are a tad odd, they straddle the line between mobile and desktop.

So, here's what I've decided to do. If we think you're browsing with a tablet (which is a bit unpleasant to figure out actually; you'd think people would put tablet in the user-agent, but noooo) we'll serve you the standard non-mobile theme.

However, we'll also put the "switch to mobile" link in the footer just like we do for mobile devices that have disabled the mobile theme.

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Thank you! I am certainly not dissatisfied whit the mobile layout, you did a great job! I was just confused why it changed. I'll have to keep up with the latest developments here... –  Caspar Kleijne Jul 14 '11 at 20:39

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