VisualEditor not available on Firefox for Android
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David Gerard says that he cannot get an 'edit' button for VisualEditor on his Samsung Galaxy Tablet 4 8.0, while using Wikipedia's desktop site in Firefox.

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David_Gerard added a comment.EditedJun 5 2015, 5:30 PM

Retesting the bug just now:

I'm coming in from Tablet is using the house wifi.

If I go to logged in as User:David_Gerard:

  • on laptop, I get tabs "Read | Edit source | Edit | View history | * | More" (where "Edit" is VE)
  • on tablet, I get tabs "Read | Edit source | View history | * | More"

User-agent on laptop: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Ubuntu; Linux x86_64; rv:38.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/38.0
User-agent on tablet: Mozilla/5.0 (Android; Tablet; rv:38.0) Gecko/38.0 Firefox/38.0

If I try to force the tablet to use VE with then it just displays the page, not bringing up any sort of edit window. If I go to that URL on the laptop, it brings up the VE.

Expected result: Firefox on the tablet should be able to handle everything FF on a PC does, I opted into VE and I should at least be able to force it on for testing.

Normal wikitext editing from the tablet in Firefox works fine.

I see the same thing on a Moto X running Android 5.0. When I bring up a desktop page in Chrome 43.0.2357.92, I get the "edit" link; when I do the same in Firefox 38.0.5, I only get "edit source".

David_Gerard added a comment.EditedJun 5 2015, 7:48 PM

Yep, works for me on this tablet running Chrome too; clunky (can't highlight text), but not infeasible and worth providing to people. See for results.

I suppose what I'm asking for is an option for "no really, even if you know VE won't work on this browser, I want to be able to switch it on because I like living dangerously. VE in IE6? WOW LOOK AT THAT!" Secondarily, whatever's disabling it in Firefox Android shouldn't be.

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The problem here is that Firefox isn't reporting the Android version number. We blacklisted Android < 3 for some major reason, and this computes as version 0.

Esanders renamed this task from VisualEditor not available on Samsung Galaxy Tablet 4 8.0, If using Wikipedia's desktop site in Firefox to VisualEditor not available on Firefox for Android.Aug 11 2015, 9:21 PM
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This is a bug with jQuery client:

Mozilla/5.0 (Android; Mobile; rv:13.0) Gecko/13.0 Firefox/13.0

should not match 'android' as the browser name as it has no version number, it should match firefox instead

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