On Tuesday, Google released a fix to the update for Chrome and the related WebView software that had denied access to data stored by some Android apps. This was accompanied by an apology from Google.
Chrome 79 and the related version of WebView initial update was released last week, but a bug report soon appeared saying that some apps were denied access to data. Google then paused the update that had reached 15 percent of users, though it was originally estimated 50 percent of users were affected.
Initially, it was thought the data was being deleted, the bug causing problems like losing access to saved games and in-game bonuses. The fix, that will restore earlier data, can wipe out anything new that’s been saved or affected people.
A Google spokesman said in a statement: “The M79 update to Chrome and WebView on Android devices was suspended after detecting an issue in WebView where some users’ app data was not visible within those apps. This app data was not lost and will be made visible in apps when we deliver an update this week. We apologize for any inconvenience. Modern app foundations like Android, iOS, Windows and the web are complex and always developing. This makes it difficult to guarantee all apps are working as they should. Given our increasing dependence on these foundations, even small bugs can affect millions of users. “