Mobile (or Not) Websites on Your Galaxy S6 - dummies

Mobile (or Not) Websites on Your Galaxy S6

By Bill Hughes

The browser on your Galaxy S6 phone is designed to work like the browser on your PC. At any time, you can enter a web address (URL) by tapping the text box at the top of the screen. You can try this by typing in the address of your favorite website and seeing what happens.

For example, the page seen here is the regular version of the website Refdesk.com.

The desktop version of the website Refdesk.com.
The regular version of the website Refdesk.com.

As you can see, the website is all there. Also as you can see, the text is very small. This particular website is designed to take you to a lot of useful links throughout the Internet. So this is an extreme example of a regular website.

You can stretch and pinch to find the information you need. (Stretching and pinching are hand movements you can use to enlarge/shrink what you see onscreen.) With a little bit of practice you can navigate your familiar websites with ease.

The other option is to find the mobile version of a website. As a comparison, this figure shows the mobile version of Refdesk.com. It has fewer pictures, the text is larger, and the mobile version loads faster — but it’s less flashy.

The mobile version of Refdesk.com.
The mobile version of Refdesk.com.

In the case of RefDesk, you can get to the mobile version by entering m.refdesk.com into the text block at the top from the software keyboard. Refdesk.com is far from the only website to offer a mobile version. Many sites — from Facebook to Flickr, Gmail to Wikipedia — offer mobile versions.

So how do you get to the mobile websites? If a website has a mobile version, your phone browser will usually bring it up. Samsung has gone out of its way to work to make the web experience on the Galaxy S6 phone as familiar as possible to what you experience on your PC.

The most common difference between the address of a mobilized website and a regular one is .com/mobile at the end of the address. For example, the mobile version of Amazon.com is www.amazon.com/mobile.

If your phone doesn’t automatically bring up the mobile version of a site, the simplest way to find it is to search for the desired site along with the term mobile. For example, the first option you get from searching for IMDB mobile on your phone is the mobilized website for the Internet Movie Database.