Google Wallpaper Art app turns your Chromebook into an art gallery

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Chromebooks get a new Google Wallpaper Art app

Chromebooks have been red hot sellers on Amazon for some time now. But if you're someone who has had a boring desktop on your Chromebook, you can now spice it up with Google's new Wallpaper Art app. The app will refresh artwork every day and features many different wallpapers from noted artists from the past and present.

Abner Li reports for 9to5Google:

Google has many side initiatives, and one of them is the Cultural Institute that digitizes works of art from museums and archives around the world and puts them online.

Today, their Art Project released an app for Chrome OS that updates the wallpaper of your device to a different piece of art from their collection every day. Expect “masterpieces ranging from Van Gogh and Monet, all the way to contemporary works from street artists around the world,” according to Chrome evangelist François Beaufort in announcement post. If today’s piece doesn’t jive with your artistic taste, you can skip to the next wallpaper in the app.

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The Google Wallpaper Art app page has a full description in the Chrome Web Store:

Breathe a little culture into your day! Discover a beautiful artwork from the Google Art Project each time you open your Chromebook in the morning!

With this app, you’ll see wallpaper masterpieces ranging from Van Gogh and Monet, all the way to contemporary works from street artists around the world. The artwork is refreshed every day.

If an artwork happens to spark your curiosity, open the app and click the image description to discover more on the Google Cultural Institute website.

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Chrome OS redditors reacted to the news about the Google Wallpaper Art app:

MayDayBorder: ”That's fine, except I want an app that uses my wallpapers. Ones I have selected.”

Chico: ”It can only be pictures hosted online, the API doesn't support using local files as wallpaper.”

Guidii: ”The API supports reading files as well. See https://github.com/beaufortfrancois/set-wallpaper-chrome-app/blob/master/src/background.js for an example that does this.”

MayDayBorder: ”Local wallpapers would be a waste of space on a chromebook. Didn't cross my mind. I would store them in Google Drive. Issue is, I cannot use my wallpapers.”

C2OO: ”Nice, but why is this taking over 32MB of RAM?”

BobbyD84: ”Yeesh. My 2gb Chromebox will not like this at all.”

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