CNET's mobile site redesign works like a mobile app

We've completely redesigned our mobile Web site to take advantage of every spare pixel, no matter how small your screen.

At CNET, we spend a lot of time with our phones -- probably more than any human should. We know that there's nothing as frustrating as a hard-to-navigate mobile Web site. There's so little space on a phone screen that every pixel has to earn its keep. So when we redesigned our m.cnet.com site from the ground up, we took cues from something everyone knows and loves: mobile apps.

The CNET team hand-programs the top stories on our mobile site. CBS Interactive

First, we simplified the layout of our mobile site and made its navigation familiar to anyone who uses Facebook, Path , or any other common mobile app. When you arrive at the CNET mobile home page, just swipe left or right to browse the selection of top stories that we've curated for you. If you encounter a slideshow, do the same thing: just swipe right or left to change the photo.

View a slideshow on the CNET mobile site by swiping left or right. CBS Interactive

Just because m.cnet.com looks like an app doesn't mean that is an app, though. Anytime you click a link that takes you to a CNET page on your phone's browser, you'll get this experience whether you've installed a CNET app or not. We've made our article pages clean and easy to read, with standard sharing navigation at the upper right.

A CNET mobile article page CBS Interactive

From the front page, you can scan a list of the most recent stories at CNET -- just scroll down. If you want to read more, click "more" at the bottom. Don't see what you're looking for? Hit the three-line navigation button at the upper left to open up a list of options.

The icon in the upper left of CNET's mobile site screen opens a menu full of navigation options. CBS Interactive

If you don't see what you're after in our navigation, use the site search at the top of the navigation drawer or tap the filter icon in the upper right and choose the type of content you'd like to find. (I find the Reviews search and filter crazy helpful when I'm shopping for gadgets in a physical store.)

The Filter icon on the upper right side of the CNET mobile site helps you find what you're looking for more easily.

That's it. Happy browsing, no matter where you find yourself, and please tell us what you think in the comments.

 

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