Android: Why this photograph is bricking some telephones


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Dozens of Android telephone homeowners are reporting on social media {that a} image that includes a lake, a cloudy sundown and a inexperienced shoreline is crashing their handsets when used as wallpaper.

Several manufacturers appear to be affected, together with Samsung and Google’s Pixel.

The bug makes the display activate and off repeatedly. In some instances a manufacturing unit reset is required.

The BBC doesn’t suggest attempting it out.

Samsung is because of roll out out a upkeep replace on 11 June. The BBC has contacted Google for remark however not but had a response.

A tweet on the difficulty has had hundreds of likes and re-tweets, with some reporting that their telephone has additionally been affected.

Tech journalist Bogdan Petrovan at Android Authority mentioned the bug didn’t have an effect on his Huawei 20 Pro however it did trigger a Google Pixel 2 to malfunction.

“After setting the image in question as a wallpaper, the phone immediately crashed. It attempted to reboot, but the screen would constantly turn on and off, making it impossible to pass the security screen,” he famous.

Restarting the machine in secure mode (by holding down the amount button throughout boot-up) didn’t repair the difficulty.”

It seems to have an effect on some however not all gadgets operating the newest model of the Android working system, Android 10.

The launch occasion for Android 11 was on account of happen this week however has been postponed.

There has not but been an official cause given for the bug however developer Dylan Roussel, who writes at 9to5Google tweeted his principle.

Ken Munro and Dave Lodge from safety agency Pen Test companions additionally analysed it for the BBC.

“As digital photographs have improved in quality, phones need to check what the image ‘colour space’ is to work out how to display it properly,” they mentioned.

“It’s how a telephone is aware of learn how to show precisely the proper shade of inexperienced, for instance.

“There are other ways of defining the color area. Some areas have specialist makes use of in graphic design, so generally you may see photographs that are not within the normal ‘Standard RGB’ format. It’s additionally attainable to intentionally create photographs which have extra color info than some gadgets can deal with.

“What’s occurred right here is that the best way some telephones take care of these instances has gone flawed.

“The phone crashes because it doesn’t know how to deal with it correctly, and the software developers probably hadn’t considered this might happen.”