Quantum is definitely more aggressive about background tabs, though perhaps “unloading” was the wrong word… de-prioritizing?
I think this is the main issue. It was an upgrade from a previous version, so there may be some gunk left around that’s causing an issue on this specific installation. I haven’t tried it on any other PCs. I did a “firefox reset” yesterday, so we’ll see if that helps.
The pages seem to load quite quickly once the loading starts, but they randomly get stuck before displaying any content and just with the little loading ‘dot’ going side to side on the tab.
Then they’ll sometimes decide to load after a few seconds, or they’ll sometimes sit like that indefinitely.
Reloading the tab will sometimes cause it to load without problems, or sometimes it’ll encounter the same issue again. But a few minutes later it’ll work fine.
When the tabs are ‘stuck’ like this, it also seems to lag the entire browser.
Other than that, from my limited interaction with it, it looks pretty good.
On mobile, I’m still using Chrome, although I’m still not keen on the tab switching UI or having no way to block ads.
I have also discovered that the list of suggested news on the new tab page is NOT A GOOD THING. Google, of course, knows too much about me, so it is doing a pretty good job of putting news there that’s interesting and from sites I visit… but that makes it supremely distracting and a great time waster.
Open the browser to check the news… spend 10 minutes reading about superhero tv shows.
(Not to mention the whole news bubbling effect).
I think opera mobile had the same thing, but I turned it off immediately. Chrome mobile doesn’t seem to have that option.