October 1, 2020

This week in Android: Killer wallpaper, OnePlus 8 giveaway, and more

This week in Android: Wallpaper that can brick your phone, OnePlus 8 giveaway. Here's the top Android news!

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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.


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OnePlus 8 international giveaway

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This week, we’re giving away a brand new OnePlus 8 smartphone. Enter this week’s Sunday giveaway for your chance to win! Courtesy of the DGiT Daily newsletter.


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