This wallpaper is making some Android phones crash
June 1, 2020

Don’t try it, especially if you’re using a Samsung device.

Every once in awhile users will find bugs on smartphones that cause these devices to crash. Before it was usually a text message with random characters that caused it to crash (most likely due to the OS not being able to recognize the characters) but this time, it’s a wallpaper that is causing these devices to be bricked.

A tweet from Ice Universe said that the following wallpaper is causing some Android smartphones, especially the Samsung-branded ones, to crash when you set the image as a wallpaper on your home screen.

The image is posted below, but a word of caution to not try it out yourself. We’ve tried it on several Android devices running Android 10 and yes, it automatically crashes once it is applied as a wallpaper. 

No one understood at first what’s causing the crash, but some users have pointed out that the image is using a different color space. The image uses the RGB color space, and Android normally uses sRGB. Android 10 doesn’t support that format, hence why it is crashing. Android 11 though supports it and doesn’t have a problem displaying the image.

If you, unfortunately, set the image as a wallpaper and is now crashing, the only way to repair it is to go into safe mode to delete the file, or reset your device.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Passionate for all things tech - you’ll normally find him tinkering with the latest gadgets and computer peripherals. He is an avid collector of Blu-ray discs and occasionally plays on his Xbox.
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