We’ve probably all heard about strings of messages or files that can be sent to other users, to get their phones to reboot and maybe this will make us more careful with the ones we download to our phone. However, a recent error that causes similar consequences only for Android users, would have been very difficult to prevent.
Thanks to our colleagues at andro4all, we have learned about a bug that is affecting many Android phones. The image you can see at the beginning of this article, has led Android devices that are used as wallpaper to a loop of restarts -bootloop- an error that is not exactly easy to get out of. This error does not affect iOS devices.
The renowned Chinese born leaker Ice Universe has been one of the first to post on Twitter to warn users about the effects of the image. Immediately, several followers have responded with other images of the reboot loops on their phones , evidencing that there are several affected devices with Android 10.
From Google they have announced that they are already looking for a solution for an upcoming update. And although they specify the reason for the failure, some users have shared the theory that is a problem with the color space of this specific image. Usually Android wants to show RGB colors, but this image does not use them. On Android 11, the system converts the color space, while Android 10 does not.
If you have configured this image as your wallpaper and are experiencing the problem, restarting it is not an output. Since 9to5google recommend two ways to solve it. One of them, through the factory reset of the device from bootloader, deleting all data from the device. The other option recommends booting the device in safe mode and removing the image file from the terminal memory.