Please add the BlackBerry phone browser to the list of mobile browsers detected by chat.SE and redirected to the mobile site.

The BB OS5+ browsers are webkit-based and actually work pretty well with even the full chat app. The main problem is that the screen is too narrow for the chat layout:

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Even if the browser is unsupported, it would probably benefit those (few?) users of chat.

Various BlackBerry User-Agent strings mention BlackBerry and Webkit.

  • Which BlackBerry browser? I'd assume that BlackBerry tablets, with a 1GHz dual-core CPU, 1024x600 resolution, and full support for Flash and script, oughtn't to be redirected. If you can provide the User-Agent string it would help.
    – Ben Voigt
    Oct 7, 2011 at 0:11
  • User agent for the new 9810 (OS 7): Mozilla/5.0 (BlackBerry; U; BlackBerry 9810; en) AppleWebKit/534.11+ (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/ Mobile Safari/534.11+
    – user154510
    Oct 7, 2011 at 2:22
  • How can I turn on mobile chat, manually?
    – studiohack
    Nov 6, 2011 at 2:24
  • Add ?mobile=true to the URL.
    – MikeyB
    Nov 6, 2011 at 3:48

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The BlackBerry browser is unsupported (see Which browsers are officially supported, and what else do I need?) so it's unlikely to be added if it's not 100% compatible with the Android or iOS browsers.

  • Actually I added those entries, it's not official. I would expect the BB browser to be supported, given RIM's global marketshare. But I work for RIM, so I didn't add it since that might be some sort of conflict of interest. It would be nice if an SE employee said something officially.
    – user154510
    Oct 7, 2011 at 2:20
  • @MatthewRead The fact that it's not already supported in chat, and it's not mentioned by Jeff in his reply to that question, makes me think it's unsupported. Also, I remember seeing a post where someone (Mark Gravel?) broke down browser usage on SO, and don't remember the BlackBerry browser breaking 1%. I think the post was specifically about not having a tablet version of the site, but I'm not sure.
    – agf
    Oct 7, 2011 at 2:26
  • 1% of how many visitors, though? Jeff's answer says reasonable market share, as well, not a specific percentage of visitors.
    – user154510
    Oct 7, 2011 at 4:20
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    Does detection and redirection to the mobile browser necessarily imply support? Or just an attempt to say "Hey! We've got this mobile version of chat for you!"? I was unaware of it until I searched on meta for it.
    – MikeyB
    Oct 7, 2011 at 5:00

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