Today in 2020: Seemingly innocent wallpaper causing Android phones to crash

A seemingly innocent wallpaper is causing Android phones to crash. The issue is related to the way Android phones compute luminance is computed. Google and Samsung are close to releasing a fix in an OTA update.

By Digit NewsDesk | Published 06 Jun 2020 14:43 IST
HIGHLIGHTS
  • A seemingly innocent wallpaper is causing Android phones to crash.

  • The issue is related to the way Android phones compute luminance is computed.

  • Google and Samsung are close to releasing a fix in an OTA update.

Today in 2020: Seemingly innocent wallpaper causing Android phones to crash
Today in 2020: Seemingly innocent wallpaper causing Android phones to crash

We’re in a year when an invisible virus has practically made the world come to a standstill. And if you thought it can’t get weirder, there’s a wallpaper that is making smartphones crash and bricked. A seemingly innocent-looking wallpaper of a sunset is causing smartphones, primarily by Samsung and Google, to crash and become unusable. There have been multiple reports about users having to factory reset their phones and losing all their data, in order to make their devices functional again, after applying the wallpaper.

Here’s the wallpaper in question —

Anyone looking at this wallpaper will see a stunning landscape with mountains, clouds and a lake. But it’s what’s happening behind the scenes that’s causing a havoc among smartphone users. Popular tipster Ice Universe also warned his followers about the wallpaper. Thankfully, it’s only the original image that’s causing phones to crash, and not when you take a screenshot or when you download it off social media.

What’s happening to phones which apply the wallpaper?

When this cursed image is set as the wallpaper, users are reporting the phone crashing and getting stuck in a bootloop. Some users got it fixed by accessing Safe Mode and changing the wallpaper, but many have had to factory reset their smartphone, ending up losing all their data.

Why is a wallpaper crashing phones?

While it’s still not completely clear, it seems like an incorrectly coded Google colour profile in the image is causing the image to wreak havoc on smartphones. In one of the discussions on Twitter about this lethal wallpaper, a Google representative named Romain Guy said “the real problem is the way luminance is computed.”

 

 

According to a report by 9to5Google, the bug is not affecting devices running on the Android 11 beta, or Huawei devices with no Google support or Android phones with heavily skinned interfaces. That’s one good thing to come out of Huawei not being able to use Google services.

Will there be a fix?

According to a report by SamMobile, Samsung is close to releasing a fix that will be issued over the air. Google may also patch the issue in the forthcoming security patch.

Digit NewsDesk
Digit NewsDesk

Email Email Digit NewsDesk

Follow Us Facebook Logo Facebook Logo Facebook Logo

About Me: Digit News Desk writes news stories across a range of topics. Getting you news updates on the latest in the world of tech. Read More

Tags:
wallpaper crashing android wallpaper crashing phone wallpaper crash display
Advertisements

Trending Articles

Advertisements

LATEST ARTICLES View All

Advertisements

Hot Deals View All

Samsung Galaxy M53 5G (Mystique Green, 8GB, 128GB Storage) | 108MP Camera | sAmoled+ 120Hz | 32MP Front Camera | 6nm Processor | 16GB RAM with RAM Plus | Travel Adapter to be Purchased Separately
Samsung Galaxy M53 5G (Mystique Green, 8GB, 128GB Storage) | 108MP Camera | sAmoled+ 120Hz | 32MP Front Camera | 6nm Processor | 16GB RAM with RAM Plus | Travel Adapter to be Purchased Separately
₹ 28499 | $hotDeals->merchant_name
OnePlus 10 Pro 5G (Volcanic Black, 8GB RAM, 128GB Storage)
OnePlus 10 Pro 5G (Volcanic Black, 8GB RAM, 128GB Storage)
₹ 66999 | $hotDeals->merchant_name
Redmi Note 11 (Horizon Blue, 4GB RAM, 64GB Storage) | 90Hz FHD+ AMOLED Display | Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 680-6nm | Alexa Built-in | 33W Charger Included | Get 2 Months of YouTube Premium Free!
Redmi Note 11 (Horizon Blue, 4GB RAM, 64GB Storage) | 90Hz FHD+ AMOLED Display | Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 680-6nm | Alexa Built-in | 33W Charger Included | Get 2 Months of YouTube Premium Free!
₹ 12999 | $hotDeals->merchant_name
iQOO Z5 5G (Mystic Space, 12GB RAM, 256GB Storage) | Snapdragon 778G 5G Processor | 5000mAh Battery | 44W FlashCharge
iQOO Z5 5G (Mystic Space, 12GB RAM, 256GB Storage) | Snapdragon 778G 5G Processor | 5000mAh Battery | 44W FlashCharge
₹ 26990 | $hotDeals->merchant_name
iQOO 7 5G (Solid Ice Blue, 8GB RAM, 128GB Storage) | 3GB Extended RAM | Upto 12 Months No Cost EMI | 6 Months Free Screen Replacement
iQOO 7 5G (Solid Ice Blue, 8GB RAM, 128GB Storage) | 3GB Extended RAM | Upto 12 Months No Cost EMI | 6 Months Free Screen Replacement
₹ 29990 | $hotDeals->merchant_name
DMCA.com Protection Status