We’ve all been there. You open a Washington Post link from your mobile phone and then … you wait.

And you wait.

And you wait.

And maybe the link finally opens. Or you give up. Or maybe, for some unlucky Android and Blackberry users, the link crashes your phone’s browser. Yikes. Not our idea of a great reader experience.

Today, we’re rolling out the first step in a long line of mobile Web improvements. If you click on a link for which we have a mobile-friendly page, we’ll point you to that quick-loading page instead of our desktop Web site.

We hope this small change gets you closer to the content you want when you want it. If you prefer to get the desktop Web page instead, click on the link illustrated at left. We’ll store your preference for the desktop Web site in a cookie, so you don’t have to keep choosing this option.

What’s next?

Right now, our mobile Web site — as opposed to our apps — leaves a little something to be desired. They’re stripped-down versions of the rich content you can find on washingtonpost.com.

Our mobile Web squad of developers, designers, editors and business folks is hard at work at blowing up this existing site and creating something new.

We’re working on a implementing a fresh new design, adding support for even more Washington Post content and building features like pre-downloading for Metro reading and, yes, even hyperlinks on articles. Got something you want to see? Let me know at Julia. Beizer@washingtonpost.com.

Julia Beizer is the Post’s Mobile projects editor.


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