On the night of Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 March, many users complained that some applications crashed randomly on their Android smartphone. Among these applications, a large number of Google applications, including Gmail or Google Pay. It is not only Google's applications that are affected, but all applications, regardless of their developer.
A bug that affects all Android devices
According to Android Police, Samsung Galaxy users seem to be the most affected by this problem. However, a priori, all Android smartphones can encounter these problems, whether you have a OnePlus, a Xiaomi or a Pixel smartphone.
Since the first reports, Google has officially taken the floor to recognize the problem. A fix is being rolled out via an app update on the Play Store. In the meantime, Google has communicated on what happened.
An official patch has been deployed
There are two methods of correcting these repeated bugs. The first is a simple and fast handling, the second has just been deployed by Google.
A quick fix
Just uninstall the latest version of Android System Webview. This component allows applications to display a web page without having to open the Chrome application, it is indeed a tool widely used by developers.
You just have to uninstall the latest updates of Android System WebView, in the settings then in the application section. Find the Android System Webview application, then go to the menu at the top right (the three small dots).
Hi! Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Please remove the Webview Update and then restart the phone. Here are the steps: Go settings> apps> tap the three dots in the top right corner> show system apps> search for Android System WebView> select Uninstall updates. ^ Nina
— Samsung Support US (@SamsungSupport) March 22, 2021
And an official fix
In the meantime, Google has already rolled out a fix. Just update the two apps below. The official Chrome app as well as the Android System WebView app on the Play Store.
Google ChromeDownload Google Chrome Free APK
Android system WebView
Download Android System WebView Free APK