Google released a new version of its Chrome browser last week, labeled 79, but one bug was soon spotted, a bug that has infuriated both developers and regular users.
Chrome 79 bar for Android operating system has been suspended indefinitely, after information have emerged that the latest update “deletes” data from external applications that use so-called WebView framework.
In fact, on the latest versions of Android, Chrome acts as a WebView – a component that renders web pages within an app. When logging in from a page within an app or using a browser that doesn’t have a rendering engine, Chrome is the one that loads the content, according to the Android Police site.
— Android Police (@AndroidPolice) December 15, 2019
When Chrome is updated to version 79, WebView deletes some local data from some applications. In fact, the data remains intact, but there is no way to access it. This can be a big problem when it comes to applications that really depend on the WebView framework.
It has not been announced exactly which apps are most affected by this bug, but Twitter Lite is an example of an application that relies heavily on WebView.
And while Google is looking to remedy this shortcoming, you must pay attention on updating Chrome on your Android phone.
The bug has been fixed in Chrome 79.0.3945.93 for Android, the data was not lost, just misplaced.