Earlier last week, Google started rolling out Chrome 79 for desktop and mobile users. This new update includes several bug fixes and phishing protections.
Google had to pause the rollout after several Android apps suffered data loss due to an issue as a result of the update.
Currently, Google has suspended the rollout of Chrome 79 on Android. The bug was reported by mobile app developers who claimed that it leads to the deletion of user data and resetting of their mobile apps.
Google’s developers switched the location of the Chrome directory in Chrome 79. This is known to be the primary reason for the issue. The developers accepted their mistake, saying they forgot to move contents of WebSQL into the new directory in Chrome 79. This ensured that user data remained inaccessible. As a result, several users started leaving 1-star ratings for affected apps.
Developers noticed that their users were losing data after upgrading to Chrome 79 after the last week’s update. Chromium’s bug tracker labels this issue as ‘catastrophe’.
For users of these apps, it looked like the app had simply reset.
Users couldn’t access their data and were logged out from the apps. Google announced that 50 percent of the devices have already received the Chrome 79 update. Google claims that this company is working on a fix that would minimize the data loss so that the update can be rolled out to everyone else.