Remove UA switcher

VERIFIED FIXED in Firefox 11

Status

()

Firefox for Android
General
P1
normal
VERIFIED FIXED
5 years ago
9 months ago

People

(Reporter: lmandel, Assigned: bnicholson)

Tracking

unspecified
Firefox 12
ARM
Android
Points:
---

Firefox Tracking Flags

(firefox11 fixed, firefox12 verified, fennec11+)

Details

(Whiteboard: [mtd])

Attachments

(1 attachment, 1 obsolete attachment)

The Request Desktop Site option is not applicable for many pages:

- sites that only have desktop content
- sites that do not recognize Firefox mobile and return the desktop content
- mobiles sites that I explicitly navigate to (for ex. open m.imdb.com in your browser) (because Firefox gets the desktop sites by default)
- about: pages

While I like the idea of being able to request the desktop vs mobile version of a site and would find this option useful if it worked reliably, I do not find this option useful today. At this point I think the option just adds a source of confusion to the browser (and affects the browser polish as the option appears to do nothing on many sites). I would like to suggest that this option should be removed from the menu until such time that it is generally applicable when browsing in Firefox mobile.
bug 706264 is about redirects to mobiles sites breaking 'request desktop site'. From my brief look into Android browsers it seems that most implement this as a global option or a set of sites to use a a specific UA with.

Comment 2

5 years ago
I agree with Lawrence. It fails often enough that it's more frustrating to have it than to not. This feature really ought to be removed because it's just not reliable enough.

Comment 3

5 years ago
I think we should hide/remove this feature.
Assignee: nobody → kbrosnan
Priority: -- → P1

Comment 4

5 years ago
Created attachment 586573 [details] [diff] [review]
patch v.1
Assignee: kbrosnan → doug.turner

Updated

5 years ago
Attachment #586573 - Flags: review?(mbrubeck)
Comment on attachment 586573 [details] [diff] [review]
patch v.1

We do want to remove the feature. I talked to Brian about removing it all. Even the part in browser.js
Attachment #586573 - Flags: review?(mbrubeck) → review-

Updated

5 years ago
Assignee: doug.turner → bnicholson
tracking-fennec: --- → 11+
(Assignee)

Updated

5 years ago
Summary: Request Desktop Site option not applicable for many pages → Remove UA switcher
(Assignee)

Comment 6

5 years ago
Created attachment 587090 [details] [diff] [review]
patch v2
Attachment #586573 - Attachment is obsolete: true
Attachment #587090 - Flags: review?(mark.finkle)
Attachment #587090 - Flags: review?(mark.finkle) → review+
(Assignee)

Comment 7

5 years ago
Landed on mozilla-inbound:
http://hg.mozilla.org/integration/mozilla-inbound/rev/c04fb55118f8
https://hg.mozilla.org/mozilla-central/rev/c04fb55118f8
Status: NEW → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 5 years ago
Resolution: --- → FIXED
Target Milestone: --- → Firefox 12
Comment on attachment 587090 [details] [diff] [review]
patch v2

[Approval Request Comment]
Removal of the feature on Aurora
Attachment #587090 - Flags: approval-mozilla-aurora?
Verified on Nightly (12.0a1)
Samsung Nexus S (Android 4.0.3)
20120113052739
http://hg.mozilla.org/mozilla-central/rev/790cd9bba7f5
Status: RESOLVED → VERIFIED
status-firefox11: --- → verified

Updated

5 years ago
status-firefox11: verified → affected
status-firefox12: --- → verified
Comment on attachment 587090 [details] [diff] [review]
patch v2

[Triage Comment]
Mobile only - approved for Aurora.
Attachment #587090 - Flags: approval-mozilla-aurora? → approval-mozilla-aurora+
https://hg.mozilla.org/releases/mozilla-aurora/rev/22710663cf24
status-firefox11: affected → fixed
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