Google apps like Gmail and Google Play, and Android apps for Amazon and Yahoo Mail have been crashing for thousands of Android users today. Social media has been awash with complaints, as users struggle to get their apps working again. However, Google has now given a reason for the crashing apps, and details of an easy fix for users.
Website Downdetector has been showing reports across the globe of apps crashing – with two huge spikes in issues at around 9pm last night and from 8am this morning.
Android users have been unable to access their emails, or have been bounced out of applications.
The issues began on Monday evening and have lasted into Tuesday, with many waking up this morning to the errors.
One person tweeted: “@Google Why is it that I can’t use half my apps because you guys have a massive outage?”
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In a statement sent to Express.co.uk, a Google spokesperson said: “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.”
After investigating the issue, Google has now said the problem is fixed.
Google said: “The problem with Gmail has been resolved.
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