New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The days of phishing links sent over to you over text or mail, clicking on which would lead to extraction of some crucial piece of information about you or your device, sometimes leading to your device to become useless, have started to face malicious competition with some incredible-looking picture(s), which can soft-brick your smartphone of you set that picture as your wallpaper.

The smartphone users with Android Operating System must particularly remain vigilant of any ingression of such an image in their smartphone devices.

What is soft-brick?

Soft brick is the state of a smartphone (mainly android) when it becomes nearly impossible to use your phone. This causes your phone to crash, pushing the display to switch on and off while on the lock screen.

Which android devices are at most risk?

According to a smartphone geek handle @UniverseIce, the picture as shown, causes the phone to crash and the risk becomes particularly potent on many Samsung Galaxy smartphones. The warning has been released 'especially for Samsung mobile phone users!' by the smartphone geek handle.
"WARNING!!!
Never set this picture as wallpaper, especially for Samsung mobile phone users!
It will cause your phone to crash!
Don't try it!
If someone sends you this picture, please ignore it," wrote @UniverseIce on twitter.

Some users on Twitter also stated that the issue is present in Google Pixel 3 XL running on the Android 10. However, the same device running on Android 11 showed no such risk of being soft bricked.

"@UniverseIce This is an android issue sadly is affecting also google pixels as well."

Although many Android devices, such as OnePlus and HUAWEI were found to be immune of these issues, but, no matter the hardware and software you have blended in your current smartphone, it is highly recommended to not use this image as your wallpaper.

Google's statement on the issues being faced on its Operating System-run devices as explained, remains awaited.

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