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Google blocks the release of Chrome 79: it can delete app data

The latest update of the Google browser can lead to annoying problems on Android devices: this is what is happening.

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A few days after the start of the roll-out of the new release of Google Chrome, several users have begun to find out problems on devices that run on Android. Specifically, we talk about smartphones (or tablets) that use Android versions earlier than 10, which have noticed that some applications, after upgrading to Chrome 79, turned out to be reset.

Difficult for end users to bring back the reason for the problems to the updating of the Chrome browser, which is why from Friday on the Play Store they began to flood so many negative reviews for the apps affected by the Chrome bug.

What is the Chrome bug

With the new version of Google's browser, which focuses much on the security of its online users, there was also a change in the location where the data used by the system is stored Android System WebView.

Google Chrome 79: more security and phishing protection

Unfortunately, something has gone wrong with the migration: the applications that take advantage of this system, to date, I am unable to access user data, and appear as restored. Although the data has not been physically erased, but only moved, users still had to log in again in the apps affected by the Chrome bug, being faced with an apparent loss of their data, such as the storing favorites.

But what does Chrome do with third-party applications?

They explain about AndroidPolice.com:

In newer versions of Android, Chrome serves as the WebView of the system that component that renders web pages within the app. When you access a web page in an app, or use browsers like DuckDuckGo that doesn't have its own internal rendering engine, Chrome responsible for uploading such content. Some Android apps work entirely within WebView, like apps created with Apache Cordova (PhoneGap) or web apps like Twitter Lite.

The editors of 9to5google.com simplify this way:

Android WebView a system component based on Chrome, which allows Android apps to display web content. This component is pre-installed on the device and must be kept up to date to ensure that you have the latest security updates and other bug fixes.

This is why many third-party applications are closely linked to what happens in Chrome and how it works, which is why Google has decided to pause the release of the update, even if the new version of Chrome has already been installed on the 50 % of Android devices.