I also got the same thing (i.e. "latin1_swedish_ci" set for 'collation'). Furthermore, when I log into phpMyAdmin, on the first screen, I see on the right hand side:
"MySQL charset: UTF-8 Unicode (utf8)
MySQL connection collation: utf-8_general_ci"
and across the bottom of the screen:
"The mbstring PHP extension was not found and you seem to be using a multibyte charset. Without the mbstring extension phpMyAdmin is unable to split strings correctly and it may result in unexpected results."
I believe the message in red only appeared after the recent phpMyAdmin update. Does anyone else get the same message? Is there anything I can do to address the problem, or is this a case for Support? Any help/advice will be greatly appreciated.
Oops! I should have done a search before posting. Someone else has posted the same problem in this thread, "mbstring php extension missing". With apologies,