Setting this photo as a wallpaper will brick your Android phone [Update: Fix in testing]

Jun 3, 2020

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Setting this photo as a wallpaper will brick your Android phone [Update: Fix in testing]

Jun 3, 2020

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Multiple Android phone users have reported that a certain photo has been making their phone to crash. Ironically, the photo is pretty calming, featuring a lake and a sunset. But when set as a phone wallpaper, it makes it go crazy with the screen constantly turning on and off.

Ice universe tweeted the photo and warned anyone not to set it as wallpaper, especially Samsung users. According to other reports, it also affects certain Google Pixel phones, as well as OnePlus, Nokia, and Xiaomi. Note that it appears to affect phones that use Android 10.

“When I tried to upload the original image (left) to Weibo, I found that its color to change (right),” this user writes. “At this time, the image became harmless, but when uploaded to twitter, the original image still does not change color, still harmful.”

Ice universe uploaded the original image for developers to check and warned people not to use it on their phones. Some did it after all, and well, their phones crashed. In most cases, it required factory reset to make the phone get back to normal.

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While we were chatting about this bug, My DIYP buddy John immediately downloaded the original image and checked its color profile:

Dylan Roussel of 9to5Google shared a more elaborate explanation of this. But basically, the problem lies in the color profile.

So, while an image of a sunset on a lake is a perfect choice for a phone wallpaper – this one definitely isn’t. I don’t suggest you try it unless you have a spare phone that doesn’t contain all your important data and photos.

Update: Google appears to have an internal fix in the works after a Google rep named Wu Ahan commented on an AOSP post about the issue stating “Hi all, sincerely thanks for your contribution, we have an internal solution under review”. It is unknown when we might see the fix released, but Android Central believes it may be in the next security update coming in July.

[via BBC, Android Authority]

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4 responses to “Setting this photo as a wallpaper will brick your Android phone [Update: Fix in testing]”

  1. CL Guerra Avatar
    CL Guerra

    Why color profile is the problem ❓❓❓

    1. Aidan Jaros Grilli Avatar
      Aidan Jaros Grilli

      CL Guerra the phones can’t support more then 256 colour values for backgrounds
      The phoot has a weird colour gamut and the phone crashes

  2. Alireza Rostami Avatar
    Alireza Rostami

    this is amazing thank u .

  3. Jorge Luis Villarreal Treviño Avatar
    Jorge Luis Villarreal Treviño

    Problem is color profile. There are 3 color profiles (that I know), sRGB, Adobe and Prophoto. Turns out that this photo, has a specific pixel (could be more) that has a value of 254 in the scale. BUT android phones round up each individual value of the RGB scale. This makes it so that the specific pixel has a value of 256. Since Android doesn’t understand this, it crashes.