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Google just added three gorgeous new Pixel wallpapers

Google just added three gorgeous new Pixel wallpapers

Google's Pixel wallpapers can be a bit hit-and-miss, especially compared to the excellent selection in Chrome OS. However, a new batch of three walls just arrived on Pixels that are pretty dang nice, especially when paired with Android 12's Material You dynamic accent colors.

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You can finally set a custom Material You accent color in Android 12, but your choices are limited

You can finally set a custom Material You accent color in Android 12, but your choices are limited

Google is delivering its first significant visual redesign in years with Android 12, and along with it comes a theme engine capable of customizing your smartphone in just a few simple steps. Material You pulls its slate of color choices from your wallpaper to customize icons, menus, and more. With Android 12 Beta 3, you can finally choose a custom set of accent colors, though some might still find the possibilities just a little too limiting.

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Your Chromebook is getting a new wallpaper feature from... Windows 10?

Your Chromebook is getting a new wallpaper feature from... Windows 10?

Hunting for that perfect family photo or stylish Unsplash pic to use for your PC and smartphone wallpaper can be time consuming, especially when you get around to applying it everywhere. That situation is mostly unchanged with Chromebooks — the exception being with its stock backgrounds, which can magically sync across all your Chrome devices when applied. Chrome OS started testing sync for custom wallpapers a few months back, but the ability got pulled shortly thereafter. There's been radio silence on whether the feature will come back — until our discovery made today.

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Look at how flexible (and colorful) Android 12's new UI theming is in this gallery

Look at how flexible (and colorful) Android 12's new UI theming is in this gallery

Android 12 beta 2 debuted the new operating system's much-anticipated automated theming system, which adjusts the colors of your phone's entire interface to match and complement the background wallpaper of your choice. We've been playing with it for the last day, but for a perfect example of why you'll want to check it out, we turn to Ars Technica Reviews Editor and Android Police alumnus Ron Amadeo.

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Android 12's app switcher now has a boring opaque background

Android 12's app switcher now has a boring opaque background

Themes are a big part of Android 12, offering all-new ways for customizing your phone as much as you want. Unfortunately, there are a couple of places where it seems like Google has locked everyone into a single visual element. In Android 12 Beta 2, the Recent apps page has replaced your wallpaper with a new solid backdrop that uses Monet to pull colors from your wallpaper.

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Chromebooks get a step closer to Apple's AirDrop with Chrome OS 91

Chromebooks get a step closer to Apple's AirDrop with Chrome OS 91

Following Chrome 91's release for mobile and desktop platforms, Chrome OS 91 is launching on eligible Chromebooks. The major update introduces a sprinkle of new features that'll sweeten the user experience — here are all the important bits Google announced today.

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This website lets you create custom wallpapers from your favorite emojis

This website lets you create custom wallpapers from your favorite emojis

Emoji are becoming increasingly vital for online communication, and many people just can't get enough of the ubiquitous "picture characters." And if you'd like to go as far as decorating your homescreen's background with a hand-picked selection of emoji, you've now got a chance thanks to Oculus/Dropbox/Google engineer Nicholas Jitkoff and Google Maps coder Alastair Tse. They created emoji supply, a web tool that allows you to create and share your own wallpapers based on emoji, and it's incredibly fun.

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Google Photos lets you set a live wallpaper of your cool — or random — memories (APK Download)

Google Photos lets you set a live wallpaper of your cool — or random — memories (APK Download)

Every time I open the wallpaper picker on my phone, I wonder why it doesn't let me choose a local folder or a Google Photos album as a source of pics to cycle through on my homescreen. While that functionality has yet to be added, a new integration between Photos and Android's wallpapers is live now, but it only takes input from your Memories, leaving you at the mercy of Photos' AI algorithm and what it deemed worthy of being a "Memory."

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Heynote turns your wallpaper into a personalized to-do list

Heynote turns your wallpaper into a personalized to-do list

Your home screen wallpaper is arguably the most personal part of your phone. Most people use it to show off beautifully designed illustrations or memorable moments from the camera roll, but what if wallpaper had a more functional purpose? That's the question a new app called Heynote tries to answer — although it doesn't always get it right.

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Android 11 breaks the Pixel 4a's fun wallpapers, but a fix is planned

Android 11 breaks the Pixel 4a's fun wallpapers, but a fix is planned

While most companies try to hide display cutouts with wallpapers, seemingly as as something to be ashamed of, Google took the route of highlighting the Pixel 4a's pinhole cutout as a feature in its series of fun new wallpapers for the phone. Unfortunately, the latest Android 11 Beta (which the Pixel 4a just got) applies a crop to wallpapers for a new zoomed-in animation it does when entering the multitasking menu or app drawer, and that breaks all the cleverly designed wallpapers.

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