Rendering broken on Android app


Good work Caleb!

I don’t suppose there is any way for those of us without Chrome (and thus are using Android System WebView) to address this? I guess I could install (re-enable) Chrome for the time being and let the system use its rendering engine.

UPDATE: I tried this, but it unfortunately didn’t work: re-enabled Chrome, updated to the latest version, then set the flag to Disabled. Killed and restarted both Chrome and NewsBlur, but the rendering was broken. So, I disabled Chrome again and – so long as I don’t update to the latest Android System WebView – all is well again with the NewsBlur rendering. (If it matters, this is on a Samsung Galaxy S7 running Oreo.)

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I tried this on my Android/Samsung tablet and after changing the Chrome flag the ‘theme’ setting does not open in Newsblur. I restarted the tablet after forcing a stop on the Newsblur app. Theme setting doesn’t open whether that Chrome flag is set for default, enabled or disabled. Weird.


This worked on a Moto G7 running Pie, but did not work on a Pixel 3 running Q Beta 3 which isn’t entirely surprising.


Thanks. The chrome://flags trick worked for me on Note 9 Pie.


I have disabled the Chrome flag and it worked initially. Lately it stopped working (despite flag) and I need to kill Newsblur several times for it to display text correctly…


The flag does not work for me either. Desactived the standard Chrome app and disabled the flag in the Chrome beta. No change.


Over two months now, and still no resolution. This is beyond maddening.


12 days ago the ETA was “within the week”. Any update?

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I pushed on our new Android developer to get a resolution. It’s going to take some more work I’m afraid. You can follow the ticket to watch it happen in real-time, for what it’s worth:

In fact, I just noticed that Caleb asked me to release a build 2 hours ago. So I’ll get on that now and try to push it out to the beta channel.

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webview beta 75.0.3770.40 came out today but does not fix it.

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what/where is the invite to the beta channel, Mr. Clay?


there’s a join beta button in google play on the listing for the app.


doh! my bad.


Ok, this is finally nearing completion. We should have a beta out tomorrow, based on how things are looking.


Unfortunately the fix didn’t work. We’re going to keep iterating on this and I’ll post as soon as we have something. Stay tuned.

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Looks like our bug is getting attention from Google’s Chromium team, so that’s good news!


Just pushed out a new beta (v9.0b2) which fixes this issue. Please let me know if it works for you and then I’ll release to production a day or two later.

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installed, seems to load stories very quickly, and ‘light’ mode appears correct in my spotchecking. I’ll report back within 24hrs if I see any problems.


success using the new newsblur beta with webview 75.0.3770.51 on my old android 5.1.1


The new beta looks good with light theme.