Google Wallpapers for Android Adds New Pride Backgrounds


The Google Wallpapers app is pre-installed on Pixel devices but is also available through the Play Store for all Android devices. With Google adding a new collection of wallpapers celebrating Pride, new background categories are usually added only on occasions.

Appearing after “My Pictures” and whatever Pixel-specific preloads, a “Pride” label now exists. In all, there are nine wallpapers with fun titles such as “Dazzling Unicorn” and “Cloud 9.” And each one has a flat aesthetic, inspired by material design.

“Everybody’s very colorful and they take on paper-like quality material, just like” Keep Looking. The Pride collection should appear on the home screen the next time you open the app or launch.

While in 2018 Google updated Art, Earth, and several other groupings with new images, the last additions were made with “Seascapes” and “Solid Colours” the year before.

The new Google Wallpapers Pride comes as the company revealed that it would donate $1.2 million to over 70 LGBTQ+ organizations worldwide. It’s also giving The Trevor Project an extra $1.2 million.

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Mr. Pichai tweeted – “Today’s SCOTUS decision is another step forward in the fight for equality for all LGBTQ+ people. We stand with our LGBTQ+ employees, including our trans community – this #Pride, we’re proud to support orgs like @TrevorProject who continue to drive change“.

For clarification, this is a project for members of the LGBTQ+ community specifically targeted at suicide prevention. And that community’s specifically for younger members. That includes a toll-free lifeline for LGBTQ+ youth who may need support and assistance.

The wallpapers have been spotted packed into the Pixel-specific application of the company, aptly-named “Wallpapers.” That’s available to download from the Google Play Store for any user. As it could be expected, the rainbow theme is strong on each of the backgrounds and encourages inclusiveness and equality.

Some also follow a heavier theme in keeping with the reality of ongoing protests and marches. Those are still colorful, and of course look great. But wallpapers like ‘Neighborhood,’ ‘March’ or ‘Raise the Flag’ have more serious overtones.

Before this latest Google effort, the company was already working on making inclusivity-focused changes to its own products. For example, as of this year, the firm is working hard to add more inclusive emoji to the Android platform than ever before. In applications like Maps, it’s also made an effort to point users to LGBTQ-friendly establishments since 2018.


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