An update released to WebView on Android caused many applications to crash uncontrollably. But a quick fix meant that the problem was fixed quickly.
It reports the website XDA-Developers which writes that WebView is a component in Android for displaying web pages inside apps. A software that is automatically installed on newer Android devices and which is updated via the Play Store.
When your phone receives security updates, it is not uncommon for WebView to be among the fixing software. And it was with just such a person that the problem was introduced.
Lots of Android users started reporting how their completely sonic apps stopped working. Everything from BankID to Swedbank and many other apps just dropped or crashed when they were to be used.
We are aware of an issue with WebView causing some apps on Android to crash. We are currently working to fully validate the scope and a fix is in progress.
Thankfully, Google quickly took note of what was going on and sent out a new, updated version of WebView via Play Store. Also Google Chrome was updated which contributed to the solution.
We have resolved the issue with WebView that caused some apps on Android to crash for some users. Updating Android System WebView and Google Chrome via Google Play should now resolve the issue.
If you are curious about the issues that Google is currently working on, you can see via Google Workspace Status Dashboard. There is all the information you need to have when a service goes down completely or is just perceived as unstable.