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An annoying, and somewhat humorous issue landed on Android phones this week: wallpapers that can soft-brick your phone. That’s right, a problem that has been around for years was brought to light and has made big headlines — considering it is near impossible to recover from the bug, we can understand the hype.
The issue has to do with the colorspace of an image. It’s not as simple as saying something like phones can handle .jpg images but not .jpeg images, but if you do not care to learn how that wallpaper can brick your phone, that’s an easy way to explain the issue. It has to do with the sRGB format, by the way, not the file extension of images, nor does it have to be any image in particular.
Recovery can be tough. You’ll need to find a way to remove the wallpaper from your phone without the phone loading the image into RAM. As there really isn’t a command line interface on your phone, most users will end up having to factory reset their phone.
Here are the top 10 Android stories of the week
- Money matters – OnePlus CEO’s recent comment on cheap phones genuinely confuses us
- Was there a bad one?!? – Worst to best: The Samsung Galaxy S series, ranked
- Big and slow? – Samsung Galaxy A51 review: Great screen, bad performance
- Keeping track – Xiaomi reveals Mi Band 5 launch date
- Listen up – Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus vs Jabra Elite 75t: Which earbuds will you choose?
- What is “low-end?” – Redmi 9 series could bring major upgrades to low-end phones
- Cheapest 5G yet – Here’s why the Redmi 10X series should be on your radar
- All the transistors – The smartphone CPU arms race is about to heat up again
- World politics – An app that helps remove China-made apps from your phone went viral
- Apps and more apps in our Android Apps Weekly – Dead Cells, Clash of Beasts, and more apps hit the market this week.
From around the network
- Fun drone movies – Drone Rush
- Motorola Escape 500 ANC review – surprisingly okay – SoundGuys
- What to look for in a microphone – SoundGuys
Deals of the week:
- Our pick for device deal of the week: The best Boost Mobile deals
- Our AA TechDeals deal of the week: Learn to make money on Amazon
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