Are you tired of looking at your old boring wallpaper? Google has recently published new collections of wallpapers for Chrome OS, and you can download them right now — even if you don't own a Chromebook.
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Not only does customizing your homescreen give your favorite phone a unique style, it also injects a bit of your personality into the device you depend on day in and day out. Although downloading a new wallpaper may not be as immersive as installing a launcher or icon pack, it can still go a long way in setting your phone apart from the rest. To help you out, we're giving away free wallpapers in every edition of the Android Police Newsletter. Here's how you can get the next one.
Google is always working on improving its Android apps and the operating system itself, heavily relying on public a/b tests that appear on some people's phones but not on others. But every once in a while, the company takes the time to announce some features formally, and today is another one of those days. Google is making a whole slew of known tests and a few brand-new changes official.
Just a couple months ago, Android Auto added six preset images hidden away in the code that could be used as future backgrounds. We had been hoping that this meant that full custom wallpaper support would be coming soon, but instead, Google has removed most of the previous images in favor of 12 new, more car-oriented backgrounds that suit Android Auto a lot better. When they were first discovered by 9to5Google, they weren't selectable by users, but that appears to be changing: Many people report that wallpapers are now rolling out to their cars.
WhatsApp's design may be getting a bit long in the tooth, but it's still among the most used messengers in the world. It doesn't look like we're getting a full redesign anytime soon, but at least the company has announced that it's introducing a few new wallpapers along with the option to customize backgrounds for individual chats. It's now also easier to find stickers — they're becoming searchable with text and emoji.
Whether you're debating buying a Pixel 5, you've already pre-ordered, or you're not interested, there's one thing you can still get excited about: new wallpapers. A new Pixel means new artwork, and like the Pixel 4a, Google's made a whole pile of them that take advantage of that hole-punch cutout for the front-facing camera, making it a feature rather than something to be hidden, and Pixel 4a owners can use them too.
A good wallpaper can make a phone feel whole. It's what really ends up bringing the visual experience of a phone together. That's why wallpapers are so important, especially on devices from phone-makers like Samsung. Sometimes Samsung make mistakes, like uploading an unreleased device's firmware really early, and that lets us dig through it to find these great wallpapers.
While you can download the Galaxy S20 FE wallpapers right now, the Galaxy S20 FE hasn't actually been announced yet. Yesterday, Samsung announced Galaxy Unpacked for Every Fan where they are likely going to announce the Galaxy S20 FE, but at the moment nothing is official.
Developer and XDA forums member linuxct, who just last month ported Xiaomi's "super" wallpapers for use on other Android phones, has done it again — this time, they've exported live wallpapers from the Asus ROG Phone 3. And with a few downloads plus a little know-how, you can have them on your phone, too.
June is Pride Month, and as part of a broader initiative in support of LGBTQ+ people, Google has brought a little Pride flavor to its Wallpapers app. Starting today, you can deck out your phone or Chromebook in a collection of vivacious rainbow-colored backdrops — including one featuring an absolutely delightful eel.