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Unable to open links that are configured to launch in a new tab / window

  • Device details

    • Opera Mini version: 38.0.2254.134507
    • OS: Android 8.0.0
    • Mobile carrier: GiffGaff
    • Country: England

    Two sample user agents on which this issue can be replicated:

    • Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 8.0.0; LLD-L31 Build/HONORLLD-L31) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/72.0.3626.96 Mobile Safari/537.36 OPR/38.0.2254.134507

    • Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 8.0.0; SM-G950F Build/R16NW; wv) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Chrome/72.0.3626.76 Mobile Safari/537.36 OPR/38.0.2254.134507

    Expected behaviour

    • Clicking on a link configured to launch in a new tab / window (using target="_blank") should successfully launch a new tab.

    Actual behaviour

    • Any link on a page that is configured to launch in a new tab / window (using target="_blank" or window.open() in JavaScript) does not open.
      You remain on the current page, with no extra tabs having been opened in the background / foreground.

    • Note: Links configured to launch in the same frame are working as expected.

    • Note: Tested on a number of different devices with this same browser version and found this is not an issue that happens across all devices, but on the devices it does occur on, it will consistently fail to open links in a new tab.

    Steps to reproduce

    Go to any page containing links that are configured to open in a new tab / window, and attempt to launch these.

    Examples:

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