Between Monday (March 22) up to Tuesday (March 23), a terrible surge of users reported their Android apps not working on their end.
Most of the apps were from Google services, including Gmail, Google Pay and other software. Even famous apps like TikTok had their users confused on why the app is not allowing them to post videos, check notifications, or even open it.
Now, Google announced that the issue is now under control by their system. They also pointed out the reason why the sudden bug happened, all thanks to a new update on Android System Webview.
What is Android System Webview?
After hours of many reported cases of broken apps on Android phones, Google has finally fixed the system and pointed out the bug that was causing the disruptions.
Android System Webview is a system component that lets users to make a webpage display of Android apps.
It was seen as one of the most convenient tool to use whenever using smartphone in checking mails, or messages.
Unfortunately, that’s not what happened today.
Google confirmed in a statement to The Verge that the Webview tool was the main reason why the apps were crashing multiple times, earlier today.
“We are aware of an issue with WebView causing some apps on Android to crash for some users,” Google said in a statement to The Verge. “We are currently working to fully validate the scope and a fix is in progress.”
Interestingly, even before Google mentioned the Webview, a lot of users had already discovered the update as the possible reason of the crashing.
Earlier, most of them advise other users to uninstall the new update of Webview, just to see if it fixes the bug.
Luckily, it did.
Samsung also wants you to uninstall Webview
As Google released statement about the issue, South-Korean smartphone brand Samsung also released the same quick fix for the issue.
How to fix Android apps down?
If you’re still having issues or disruptions when using any Android apps, installed in your phone, here are the steps on how to uninstall Webview from your phone, according to Samsung.
- Go to your phone’s Settings
- Head to Apps
- Tap the three dots in the top right corner of the phone
- Show System Apps
- Find Android System Webview from the list
- Select Uninstall Updates
Just in case, the Android Webview uninstall is still not working to fix your apps, you can go directly to Google Chrome and disable it.
Most likely, the Android Webview will become visible after this step.
Other step you can take is to update the Android Webview app itself to version 89.0.4389.105. You can also update the Google Chrome to make sure that the error won’t happen again.
Just go to Google Play Store and search for “Google Chrome” and “Android Webview” apps to make the update.
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