A brick, or ブリック, is a mobile device that no longer works after a software update or installation. Appearing more frequently in day-to-day conversations in the United States and Europe as an increasing number of consumers switch to mobile devices, the verb brick is typically used in the passive form, as if the frustrated user is trying to absolve themself from responsibility, eg. My phone got bricked when I tried to update to the new iPhone operating software.

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