Google pauses Chrome update for Android after reports of app data loss

The info is there, but you can't use it.

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Jon Fingas
December 16th, 2019
Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Chrome updates are normally good things, but some Android users have good reason to complain about the latest release. Google has paused the rollout for Chrome 79 on Android after reports of the update 'wiping' data from third-party apps that use the WebView framework. The data is technically still intact, but there's no way to access it -- and that's a problem when some apps depend heavily or exclusively on WebView. It's not clear which apps are the hardest-hit, but Twitter Lite is an example of one that relies heavily on Google's platform.

Android Police found that the bug was leading angry users to tank app ratings.

The company is currently exploring ways to fix the flaw, such as moving missed files or reverting to the old method. Either way, you'll have to be patient if you haven't already received Chrome 79 or are waiting on a fixed version.

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