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Bookmarked links for search engines not activating keyboard after updating to Marshmallow

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When using Firefox 41.0.2 on Android 6.0 (Nexus 6 device), if I've bookmarked a search engine -- say, https://www.google.com or https://www.duckduckgo.com -- and then load that page via the bookmark, the Google keyboard (just the system default keyboard) is not activated when I click in the search box. It just gives me the text selection tool instead, but there's no text to select or anything since it's just a blank search box.

If I manually type the exact same entry into the address bar -- for instance, https://www.duckduckgo.com -- and load the page that way, the keyboard activates just fine once I click in the search box. It's only when loading the page via a bookmark that it doesn't work. I've tried both secure and non-secure versions of the pages and get the same results.

This only started happening once I upgraded to Marshmallow. Everything worked as expected before this when using bookmarks. And everything still works fine if I use bookmarked search engines in Chrome; only Firefox seems to be affected in this way.

I'll attach a couple of annotated screenshots to help visualize the problem.

Thanks for any help!

Subject pretty much says it all. When using Firefox 41.0.2 on Android 6.0 (Nexus 6 device), if I've bookmarked a search engine -- say, https://www.google.com or https://www.duckduckgo.com -- and then load that page via the bookmark, the Google keyboard (just the system default keyboard) is not activated when I click in the search box. It just gives me the text selection tool instead, but there's no text to select or anything since it's just a blank search box. If I manually type the exact same entry into the address bar -- for instance, https://www.duckduckgo.com -- and load the page that way, the keyboard activates just fine once I click in the search box. It's only when loading the page via a bookmark that it doesn't work. I've tried both secure and non-secure versions of the pages and get the same results. This only started happening once I upgraded to Marshmallow. Everything worked as expected before this when using bookmarks. And everything still works fine if I use bookmarked search engines in Chrome; only Firefox seems to be affected in this way. I'll attach a couple of annotated screenshots to help visualize the problem. Thanks for any help!
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jscher2000
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I would have replied earlier, but updating my phone took a really long time...

Yes, I can replicate this problem. In fact, it occurs with bookmarks for both DuckDuckGo, a form on our local rapid transit website for trip planning, and another site. It seems that any text form control is unable to summon a keyboard if opened from Bookmarks.

Same problem if I open those sites from Top Sites, History, or Recent Tabs. So basically from any part of the home screen.

As a workaround, using menu > Reload will allow the keyboard for the form fields on the pages I tried.

I'll search to see whether a bug has been filed.

I would have replied earlier, but updating my phone took a really long time... Yes, I can replicate this problem. In fact, it occurs with bookmarks for both DuckDuckGo, a form on our local rapid transit website for trip planning, and another site. It seems that any text form control is unable to summon a keyboard if opened from Bookmarks. Same problem if I open those sites from Top Sites, History, or Recent Tabs. So basically from any part of the home screen. As a workaround, using menu > Reload will allow the keyboard for the form fields on the pages I tried. I'll search to see whether a bug has been filed.
jscher2000
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Yes, it is a known problem.

  • I haven't tested it, but Firefox 42 beta 8 is scheduled to have the fix if you want to try Firefox Beta in several days after it reaches the Play store (currently beta 6 is there)
Yes, it is a known problem. * Firefox 42 will have an interim fix ** [https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1211848 Bug #1211848 – Android 6.0: Keyboard does not always show up if form control is selected] ** [https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/page.cgi?id=etiquette.html Bugzilla Etiquette] * I haven't tested it, but Firefox 42 beta 8 is scheduled to have the fix if you want to try Firefox Beta in several days after it reaches the Play store (currently beta 6 is there)