Android: Why this picture is bricking some telephones

Android: Why this photo is bricking some phones

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Dozens of Android telephone house owners 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.

A number of manufacturers appear to be affected, together with Samsung and Google’s Pixel.

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

The BBC doesn’t suggest making an attempt 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 1000’s 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 Professional nevertheless it did trigger a Google Pixel 2 to malfunction.

“After setting the picture in query as a wallpaper, the telephone instantly crashed. It tried to reboot, however the display would continuously activate and off, making it inconceivable to cross the safety display,” 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 most recent model of the Android working system, Android 10.

The launch occasion for Android 11 was as a result of happen this week however has been postponed.

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

Ken Munro and Dave Lodge from safety agency Pen Take a look at companions additionally analysed it for the BBC.

“As digital images have improved in high quality, telephones have to test what the picture ‘color area’ is to work out the best way to show it correctly,” they mentioned.

“It is how a telephone is aware of the best way to show precisely the precise 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 typically you may see photographs that are not within the standard ‘Commonplace RGB’ format. It is also doable to intentionally create photographs which have extra color info than some gadgets can deal with.

“What’s occurred right here is that the way in which some telephones cope with these circumstances has gone unsuitable.

“The telephone crashes as a result of it would not know the best way to cope with it accurately, and the software program builders in all probability hadn’t thought of this would possibly occur.”