Chrome Update for Android Might Cause This Issue

Seamless updates from Google Chrome are one of its most popular features, but unfortunately, a bug in the recent update has rallied all users.  

The All New Chrome 79 Update

Google’s Chrome 79 update just started rolling out last week but the updates stopped abruptly after users began reporting that the update was wiping out third-party applications. The flaw was discovered in devices using Android’s built-in Webview. 

For those who don’t know, a WebView is simply a browser packed into a mobile application that allows web technologies such as HTML, JavaScript, CSS, etc. to create mobile apps. Chrome is responsible for loading content when you log into applications that lack an internal rendering engine. Many apps, such as Twitter Lite, run entirely within the WebView. 

Essentially, the update was being rolled out with new features such as phishing security and reordering bookmarks functionality. But, as developers term it, it ended up creating a ‘ Catastrophe ‘ and a ‘major Issue’ as the developers are calling it.  

Roots Cause 

The problem is that Chrome 79 changes the place where it stores its data and the data is in a limbo (partially migrated) due to this failed migration process. But, the information is there, applications from third parties do not know how to access it.  

Google has acknowledged the issue and although the updates have stopped, the release has been received by more than 50 percent of users. 

The Fix 

Google is working on a fix at the moment, but it may take time to find a solution. In the comments, one Chrome developer said: he’s currently working on a couple of strategies and said they’re going to notify users of which of the two choices they’ve picked. These strategies are: continue to migrate and move the missed files to their new locations and revert the changes and move the files to old locations.  

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Nayab Khan

Nayab Khan is a freelance tech-writer whose specialty is absorbing the key data and articulating the most important points. She helps IT based organizations communicate their message clearly across multiple channels.

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