The more complicated and powerful smartphones become, the more chance there is that something will go wrong. And it often happens in some very strange ways, too.
Like this latest bug that allows some Android phones to be completely confused by nothing more than a wallpaper.
Spotted by leaker, Ice Universe, and then confirmed by 9to5Google, the wallpaper is particularly troublesome to Samsung phones. But nobody seems to know why yet.
For reasons that aren’t entirely clear, this simple image is causing some Android phone to crash and then enter a state of being soft-bricked when the image is set as a wallpaper. Upon being set, the device crashes and continually turns the screen on and off on the lockscreen. There’s no way to leave this loop as even a reboot causes the phone to keep doing this after turning back on.
We’ve also heard reports of the same thing happening on Pixel phones, and we’d obviously suggest that you don’t go trying this yourself.
Never set this picture as wallpaper, especially for Samsung mobile phone users!
It will cause your phone to crash!
Don't try it!
If someone sends you this picture, please ignore it. pic.twitter.com/rVbozJdhkL
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) May 31, 2020
One suggestion is that the impacted phones don’t properly support the RGB color space that the image is encoded in. Apparently Android phones prefer SRGB, although whatever the reason it really shouldn’t result in a phone doing what these Android phones are doing!
I won't show everything, but basically, the function doColorManagement of the ColorManagementProxy is called at some point. This function checks if the Color Space of the image is supported by the device. The image is supported by default if its color space is SRGB, or… pic.twitter.com/1Ga8DBTEEY
— Dylan Roussel (@evowizz) May 31, 2020
Until Android is fixed, either by the phone makers or Google itself, we’d suggest avoiding this image like the plague.
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