Some Android apps were mysteriously crashing for users around the world. The problem started Monday afternoon and lasted for hours before Google was alerted to the problem. Applications crash due to a bug in the WebView component of the Android system found on all Android devices.
Google was quick to acknowledge and work on the problem. “We are aware of an issue with WebView that causes some applications on Android to crash for some users,” Google said in a statement prior to The edge. “We are currently working to fully validate the scope and a correction is being made,” the company added.
The problem affects many Android applications. In our tests, apps like Amazon and even Google’s own Gmail app started crashing as soon as they were opened, with no crash reports showing. Uninstalling and reinstalling the applications seemed not to solve the problem.
Shortly after, some users on the forums suggested that the latest Android system WebView update was causing the crashes and that uninstalling the Android system updates by heading to your phone’s settings might solve the problem. Check out the tweet from Samsung Support US below that suggested this workaround.
Hello! Thanks for letting us know about this. Remove the Webview update and then restart the phone. Here are the steps: Go to Settings> Applications> tap the three dots in the upper right corner> show system applications> search for Android System WebView> select Uninstall updates. ^ Nina
– Samsung Support US (@SamsungSupport) March 22, 2021
Since then, Google has fixed the problem.
“We have resolved the issue with WebView that caused some applications on Android to crash for some users. Updating the Android WebView and Google Chrome system through Google Play should now solve the problem, ”Google said in a statement.
The issue of apps crashing can now be solved by simply updating the Android system Webview app from Play Store to version 89.0.4389.105. Once this is done, users must also update Google Chrome to the latest version. These two steps should stop the app crashes with immediate effect