Motorola Xoom – Make the Honeycomb Browser Load Desktop Sites

Motorola Xoom – forcing the browser to view the full desktop version of a website.

Motorola Xoom Tablet ComputerFor those of you that know us, here at Affygility Solutions, we recently I purchased a Motorola Xoom tablet computer.  Overall, the Motorola Xoom is fantastic, both from a user interface perspective, speed and weight.  We use the Motorola Xoom to use Affytrac, our environmental, health and safety compliance management software solution, in the field.

The one area that I struggled with was that on some sites, the Android Honycomb web browser made the intended site believe it was a mobile phone, and it would default to the mobile version of the site.  There was no apparent work around, until I found a solution on the Android Central forum.  Here’s the work around.

  1. Open the Android Honeycomb browser on your tablet.
  2. In the address bar, type: about:debug and press enter.
  3. Now open the browser’s settings by tapping the icon in the very top-right corner of your screen (looks like four horizontal lines) and select “Settings” from the drop-down menu that appears.
  4. On the left side of the screen, tap the selection labeled “Debug.”
  5. On the right side of the screen, tap the item labeled “UAString” then select “Desktop.”
  6. Press the back button (bottom-left corner of your screen to exit the browser’s settings.
  7. To return the browser to its normal state, you will need to type: about:debug once more in the browser’s address bar.

Using the above work around, you can now view the full desktop version of the website and get the full user experience.  Again, I really enjoy the Motorola Xoom and if you’re in the market for a tablet computer, click on the link or image above.


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Dean is the President and CEO of Affygility Solutions. Affygility Solutions provides environmental, health and safety software, potent compound safety, industrial hygiene, containment validation services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industry. "Dean's Google+ Profile"

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