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Google Play crashing: Why are Google apps not working – How long will outage last?


Android users have been plagued with a host of app errors over for several hours now, with apps crashing, unable to load and bouncing users out. Twitter is awash with complaints from disgruntled Android users, with errors for Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Amazon, Google Play and others.

Website Downdetector is showing multiple reports across the globe of apps crashing – with two huge spikes in issues at around 9pm last night and from 8am this morning.

One person tweeted: “@Google Why is it that I can’t use half my apps because you guys have a massive outage?”

Another said: “I have the problem with Android Webview showing various apps as crashing. But when I try to remove the latest update, the app shows as disabled. Frustrating! #android #google”

Google has since released a statement to say the issues with Gmail have been resolved, however it seems hundreds of people are still having issues.

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“Please rest assured that system reliability is a top priority at Google, and we are making continuous improvements to make our systems better.

“Updating Android System WebView and Google Chrome via Google Play should now resolve the issue for all users.”

They give the following instructions for those with issues:

1. Navigate to Play Store app

2. Search for Android System WebView

3. Select the “Update” option

4. Repeat these steps for Google Chrome

However, for some, there are still ongoing issues and it is not clear whether updating Chrome and Android System WebView will resolve this.


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