It's something custom ROMs have been able to do for years, but has never found its way into stock Android. Well, the second Android N dev preview changes that: Home screen and lock screen wallpapers can now be different, if you so choose.

When a wallpaper is set, it now asks if you'd like to apply the wallpaper on your Home screen, Lock screen, or both. Interestingly, while there aren't any stock live wallpapers in N Dev Preview 2 (live wallpapers are still supported, there's just not any preloaded), live wallpapers are not able to be set as just a lock screen wallpaper. It's not clear if this means the app needs updating to support the new feature, or live wallpapers can not be wallpapers on just the lock screen.

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Left: wallpaper options. Right: live wallpaper options, missing 'Lock screen.'

Like the new folders, this isn't actually a feature of N: it's a feature of the Google app that's preloaded onto N by default, version 5.12.16.NYC.21 (it's odexed so won't run anywhere but N preview 2). It's likely Google will update the Google app at some point to support this, but when that'll be is anyone's guess.

Note: If you're in the Google app beta, its version is higher than what ships in the dev preview, and it doesn't have the new wallpaper options. A future update from the Play Store will likely enable them.

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