Chrome Glitch: Mobile Websites Displayed In Tablet Mode

Initial adaptation of the Chrome Operating System’s user interface included the incorporation of a touch keyboard, notifications on the home screen when the device is locked, and Google Assistant, as well as a generally more touch friendly display with a decluttered screen experience. Google Chrome’s touch friendly developments, in particular, have always been received well by its audience on all platforms but lately there appears to be a glitch that displays web pages as extremely zoomed in versions of the mobile interface as opposed to the regular web page adapted for tablet display. This glitch is observed in the Chrome OS particularly.

As Google Chrome continues to lead as the most popular browser of the century, this glitch comes as devastating news for many users. There has been a lot of discussion with regards to how this problem can be resolved and some solutions have come forth that can bypass the piece of code that confuses Chrome in behaving this way when switching from laptop to tablet mode. The switch between the two modes is established in “continuum” as G-sensors in the screen are able to gauge the rotation for 360 degree models. For other touch displays, an option to switch from laptop to tablet mode is also available in the side bar.

The Chrome OS, however, remains fundamentally a mobile operating system, and the reason most web pages behave this way is because Chrome auto redirects the sites to their respective mobile versions which are not optimized for large tablet displays. The PHP Mobile Detect script in most web pages is set to recognize mobile and PC platforms to adapt the web page accordingly. The newer versions of Chrome OS are detected as mobile which is why the web page loads the phone.css style sheet on the back end to set its display in mobile mode. This issue can be resolved individually by limiting this detection in the back end of all web page programmings, or through cumulative updates that render Chrome OS a fundamentally desktop operating system, or through cumulative Google Chrome updates that strengthen its ability to distinguish  between the displays it is operating upon.

Google is currently working on an update for Chrome with Material Design upgrades and this concern is surely to be addressed in it. A release date for the upgrade has not been put out yet but it is available through Google Chrome Canary for a sneak peak in the developer’s testing mode. Chrome OS updates are expected to roll out very soon as well to fix the issue on that end.

Aaron Michael
Aaron Micheal is an electrical engineer by profession and a hard-core gamer by passion. His exceptional experience with computer hardware and profound knowledge in gaming makes him a very competent writer. What makes him unique is his growing interest in the state of the art technologies that motivates him to learn, adopt, and integrate latest techniques into his work.