Chrome 63 Cripples Mobile Payments In Korea, Google Outs Fix

According to a recent report from Korea, Google’s latest update to the Chrome mobile browser contained an error that caused mobile payment solutions in the country to be unusable for about a week. Specifically, the Chrome 63 Internet browser update – not to be confused with the recent Chrome OS 63 update – led to credit card payment errors across shopping malls in South Korean, however, the good news is that the search engine giant has addressed the issue through a newer software update distributed on December 18.

The Chrome 63 update reportedly landed in South Korea on December 11, and following the release, numerous smartphone users who rely on mobile payments were unable to make purchases for about a week. Apparently, the latest update to the Chrome browser introduced a bug that led to credit card and mobile payment errors not only when placing mobile payments via the Chrome browser, but also when attempting to make payments using the mobile applications provided by shopping malls. Moreover, the problem also affected payments through external platforms including Payco, and it didn’t take long for smartphone users to address their complaints at local business owners who, in turn, were unable to solve the issue and instead advised customers to simply delete the latest version of the Chrome browser. It’s unclear whether this workaround was useful or not, but regardless, Google fixed the problem with a more recent Chrome update that began rolling out on December 18. Having said that, Chrome 63 users in South Korea are highly advised to keep their smartphone browsers up to date to the latest version in order to avoid issues with mobile payments.

The Chrome 63 update introduces the option of changing how the home bar is displayed and also changes various UI elements related to permission notifications. Furthermore, the browser gained a new function that allows websites to detect a mobile device’s RAM capabilities, and in turn, this gives webmasters the possibility to create less demanding versions of their websites for visitors with older or lower-end devices. Chrome 63 went live in the fresher channels in the first week of December and the worldwide distribution to the stable channel began a week later and should conclude by the end of the month.

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Mihai has written for Androidheadlines since 2016 and is a Senior Writer for the site. Mihai has a background in arts and owned a couple of small businesses in the late 2000s, namely an interior design firm and a clothing manufacturing line. He dabbled with real-estate for a short while and worked as a tech news writer for several publications since 2011. He always had an appreciation for silicon-based technology and hopes it will contribute to a better humanity. Contact him at [email protected]
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