New tabs don't open in desktop view on some websites

android

#1

Brave/Chrome version: 1.0.54/68.0.3440.91
Android 5.0.2

Steps to reproduce the issue:

  1. Set Brave to always prefer desktop view.
  2. Open news.google.com
  3. Make sure you have your Google search setting set to always open links in a new tab.
  4. Tap on any link.

Expected behavior:
The tapped link will open in a new tab that is in desktop view.

Actual behavior:
The tapped link will open in a new tab that is in mobile view.

Additional information:
Brave shields are set to HTTPs Everywhere and to block third party cookies. So far I have seen this behavior on on news.google.com. Other websites that open links in new tab will do so in anew tab that is in desktop view.


#2

Interesting, I’m not able to reproduce.

@Mattches are you able to reproduce this one?

Thanks,
Lauren


#3

Sorry for the late reply!

I am unable to reproduce, using my Galaxy S9, Android 8.0 on Brave V1.0.54.
Would you mind telling us what type of phone you’re using?


#4

Sure, it’s a Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 SM-P900 tablet with Android 5.02. So far this issue only appears at news.google.com. Links opening from other websites are fine and will open in an new tab in desktop mode.


#5

I’d like to give a little bit more details on this issue:

Google has recently changed its news site. News.google.com used to load in an instance even on slower devices. Not anymore. The new design has apparently introduced a lot more java script which is slowing rendering times considerably - especially on slower devices like mine.

When I open news.google.com my tablet need about 20 to 30 seconds to fully load and render everything (used to be less than 5 seconds).

If I click on a link while the website is still loading or rendering this link will open in a new tab in desktop view. If I wait for news.google.com to load and render fully and click on a link after rendering has finished the link will open in a new tab in mobile view.

If I deactivate java script news.google.com will load in about 3 seconds or so. But still links clicked will open in a new tab in mobile view.

Maybe it has something to do with the new design - I’m actually quite sure about this. Every link you click in news.google.com will open a website within the Google domain like https://news.google.com/articles/CAIiEGlmypyg11n
This site will then redirect to the actual website.

On news.google.com Brave shields only block third party cookies. Additionally I have https everywhere active.