Bug in Google News App for Android Causes Massive Data Usage in the Background

A bug in the Android version of Google News caused the app to eat up gigabytes of data in the background, eventually leading to huge bills for customers whose plans were exceeded.

Posts on the Google News help forums reveal this was a widespread problem, and according to a report from The Verge, it’s been around since at least June.

The issue happened on Android 8.0 and 9.0 and impacted various phones regardless of brand. Samsung Galaxy S8, Google Pixel, and others have all been hit.

Fix already on the way

Even worse is that in some cases, the Google News app for Android ignored the setting to download data on Wi-Fi and used the cellular plan to refresh in the background. Thi… (read more)

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