The WebView crash that affected thousands of Android devices has been fully explained.
In late March, a bug in Android caused some of the most popular apps to close on their own, preventing users from using them normally.
After the deluge of reports from users, Google stated that the problem originated with WebView, an essential component of the operating system.
After a while, Google released a much more detailed explanation of the error, which also explains the following: how to make sure it doesn’t happen again in the future.
A “bug” in WebView that resulted in the closure of dozen of popular apps
As stated in the document published by Google, the Incident was caused by a error Introduction to Chrome and WebView setup and experimentation technology.
saying error prevented applications from using WebView to display content on the web could render it, this causes a Error which eventually was forced to close the applications. Xiaomi’s devices with their classic “MSA has stopped” bug were the hardest hit.
“A bug in the Chrome and WebView configuration and experimentation technology created instability in Android applications that included WebView to open web content. This bug caused these applications to crash on the affected devices. “
New measures to prevent the problem from occurring again
Along with the statement, Google also clarified its own plans to prevent the problem from recurring in the future.
The company states that WebView and its dependencies are audited more frequently.
When introducing new features or changing the WebView settings in the event of an error, The application is rolled back to a previous healthy state or it will start in “Safe Mode” to prevent applications from being affected.
They also indicate that they intend to do so Speed up the pace of WebView and Google Chrome apps through the Play Storewith the aim of preventing users from making a decision Uninstall updates and revert to previous versions to avoid problems that might happen.
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