Beware! Setting This Image As Wallpaper Could Brick Your Smartphone

Google Postpones Android 11 Online Event

This is not the first time we're hearing about seemingly innocent actions that can cause phones to crash. Yes, you read it right!

When set as a wallpaper, the image is crashing Android devices with several complaining their smartphone is stuck in a boot loop or can not progress from the bootloader screen.

Google is now working on its latest system, Android 11. As this is a widely-publicized problem now, you can guarantee mischievous individuals will try to take advantage of it and attempt to crash as many Android phones as possible through image sharing and promotion.

This could be because the histogram value of the image is more than 255 and exceeds the sRGB limit of Android. You would expect that Google pulled the pin on it once they realised it was accidentally rolling out so don't expect it to arrive on your device if it is already running the developer preview.

Mitron repackaged app made by developers from Pakistan
If we talk about the permissions, it asks for a lot of permissions on your Android including internal storage, camera, mic, etc. The link below the Mitron took us to the CodeCanyon website , where the source code is available for sale as the TicTic app.

However, Android 10 and lower versions don't have this by default and need a patch to fix this.

You can be sure that there will be a lot more changes surface in the coming days but at this stage the number of devices it has rolled out to is extremely limited. Reportedly, the image exceeds the bounds of Android's color compatibilities and can cause a crash.

However, if you set the original file as a wallpaper, it'll crash any Android phones.

According to sources, the phone will not allow you to enter the lock screen after setting up the wallpaper and just goes into a few boot loops until it enters the recovery menu. While that sounds terrible, you can still save your smartphone though, as long as you get rid of the wallpaper in safe mode then you're good to go. On the bright side, the nature of the weird bug means that applying any kind of processing to the image - from changing a single pixel to screenshotting it - should render it safe to use.

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