Google WebView update patches app and system crashes

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Derek Walter

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Google has fixed a rather nasty bug introduced by WebView, an Android OS feature that lets apps display webpages without kicking you to the browser. 

The tool was causing several system and application crashes, resulting in a lengthy Reddit thread and Chromium issue tracker.

Google has posted a new version in the Play Store, which promises the following fixes:

  • Fixed inline video crash issues.
  • Added workarounds for graphics driver bugs which were causing some devices to hang.

You can also get the update right away by grabbing it from APK Mirror. Even if you didn’t experience any problems yourself, it’s wise to have the latest version.

The story behind the story: Moving WebView to the Play Store gives Google the ability to update it right away, as it’s not able to push out Android system updates to non-Nexus devices. Google took some heat for a WebView security flaw in older Android devices that don’t use the Chromium-based version of WebView. Instead of issuing a patch, which would likely get stuck in the long Android update process controlled by carriers and device manufacturers, it’s focused on making WebView secure for the long-term by updating it in the Play Store.

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