Google has released today a new update to its Chrome for Android web browser to address several issues reported by users, including the bug that would cause data loss on users’ devices.
Earlier this week, numerous users who updated the Google Chrome web browser in their Android devices to the latest Chrome 79 release, which landed last week for all supported platforms, reported data loss issues with several apps after installing the update.
It would appear that the data loss issue was caused by a bug in the WebView component, which is being used by many Android apps, but according to Google, the data was not lost, but only hidden, and it will be made visible in apps once users will update Chrome for Android to the latest release.
“WebView bug fix: Resolves an issue in WebView where some users’ app data was not visible within those apps. The app data was not lost and will be made visible in apps with this update. See crbug.com/1033655,” reads the release notes.
Password safety, virtual reality support, and more
The Google Chrome 79 web browser for Android also introduces a new security feature to protect your passwords by warning users if their passwords were previously exposed in a data breach when attempting to sign in to a website.
Additionally, Chrome 79 for Android brings support for virtual reality (VR) for the web, as well as the ability to reorder bookmarks by dragging them into place or by tapping a bookmark’s options menu and selecting the “Move up” or “Move down” buttons.
The latest release, Google Chrome 79.0.3945.93 is now rolling out to all Android users via Google Play Store here. We recommend all users to install this update as soon as possible, especially if they encounter the “data loss” issue with the previous version. Google also released today Chrome 79.0.3945.88 for Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms.