Google has issued a permanent fix for a bug, which caused a large number of Android users to see shutdowns and crashes while opening the apps like Gmail, Google Pay, and Amazon, the issues lasted about seven hours. The bug was in the latest update of the system component called “Android System WebView”, a component that Android apps display web content. It comes preinstalled on every Android device and updated regularly by the Play Store’s latest security enhancements and fixes.
Now, if you’re suffering from the issue with Android WebView causing your Android apps to crash on your device then you can fix it by applying Google’s fix for it, which just requires users to update Android System WebView to version 89.0.4389.105 and Google Chrome to the latest version from Play Store.
Steps to update Android System WebView and Google Chrome via Google Play:
- Navigate to the Play Store app
- Search for Android System WebView
- Select the “Update” option
- Repeat these steps for Google Chrome
This issue was started on Monday after Android users suddenly saw apps throwing a “keep closing” warning message whenever they try to open the app. With applications in the background and not currently open were also affected. Users reported the same Android apps crahsing problems on Twitter, Reddit, and DownDetector showing a big surge in outrage.
But now as Google has issued a fix for this, the Google Workspace dashboard is currently showing that all services are operating without any problems.