This is a bug that you do not see every day. Setting a simple image as wallpaper on your Android phone can really ruin the device, pushing it into an infinite reboot loop, which will eventually force you to do a full reset.
The specific image that spoils the Androiod mobiles was shared on Twitter by Ice Universe , who explained that the wallpaper error affects Samsung phones. However, it seems that other models can be affected.
At this point, everything seems to be related to the color profile used by the image, which Android cannot read correctly, and ultimately encounters a fatal error and causes the device to reboot. It is not yet clear why some phones are affected, and others are not.
It is also quite interesting that the error is not new, but so far it has remained largely unexplored, since no one paid attention to it. A post to Google IssueTracker reveals that the problem was first reported in March 2018, more than two years ago, but a fix has not yet been released.
Phones running Android 11 will not be affected by the error, as they automatically convert unsupported color space to sRGB and support a wider range of colors.
Google has never recognized this as an error, so it is best to avoid setting this image as wallpaper on your phone. Many users have already suffered from it because they did not think it was possible, so if you really want to try it, at least do not do it on your main phone and certainly not without backing up first.
But if you want to play and hang your phone then the only way to recover seems to be a complete factory reset. Although some say that they managed to boot their device in safe mode and then set a different image as wallpaper.
It goes without saying that we have not attached the image to this article, for obvious reasons, although you can see a screenshot in the Ice Universe tweet, which also includes a thumbnail of the wallpaper.