Out of all of the new software features, one of the standout ones for a lot of users is actually the new wallpaper picker that the Pixel phones come equipped with out of the box. However, as a result of Google publishing the wallpaper picker to the Play Store, the app (simply titled Wallpaper) can now be used on Android smartphones that are running at least 4.1 Jelly Bean.
The upside is that now everyone has access to dozens of beautiful wallpapers curated by Google from Google Earth, Google+, and 500px’s extensive selection of photos taken in the following categories:
Each of these has what I would consider the most interesting feature of the app itself: a Daily wallpaper toggle that downloads a new image every 24 hours. Many of the pre-loaded options are stunning high-resolution shots of everyday things, elevated to a new form thanks to professional post-processing and framing.
If you own one of the very few phones that has Android 7.0 Nougat installed, the wallpapers app has an extra feature that will allow users to set up one image for the smartphone’s lock screen, and another for the phone’s main home screen. While this is not in any way a revolutionary app from Google, it is nice that the company is allowing all Android phones to share in one of the features that was first thought to be a Pixel exclusive.