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Chrome’s Wallpaper App Gets An Awesome New icon

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The New Design

We’ll keep this one brief: the wallpaper picker app in Chrome OS will shortly gain a new Material Design icon.

The new icon, which can be seen to the right, uses the default blue colour of Chrome OS’s other system icons and is visually in keeping with other recently redesigned icons, like the File Manager. 

Since undergoing a redesign last year, the Chrome OS Wallpaper Picker — which can be opened by right clicking on the app shelf or ‘desktop’ and choosing ‘Change Background…’  — has used a turquoise coloured rectangular icon with embossed edge and a cloud motif.

While not a bad icon per se, the cloud motif certainly finding a purpose since the introduction of wallpaper sync across devices, it does look out of place in the App Shelf when alongside other Chrome OS apps, most of which are designed to fit a square.


Chromium developers had planned to fix this (admittedly minor) visual paper cut since 2014, but getting a fix together just seemed to…not happen.

That was until this month. An all new icon has been committed to the Chromium codebase that makes up Chrome OS and should appear in the next developer channel release. Stable channel users may need to wait a while longer before it filters down to their desktops.

Thanks to Craig Tumblison

  • Josh Chambers

    I love everything about the design of this icon. Google has really come into its own when it comes to design, and everything about their current direction is awesome. Also think of how material design could work with augmented reality in what’s likely coming with Glass 2.0.

    Google’s always lagged in design IMO. Not anymore, and not by a longshot.

    • well said!

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  • Kawshik Ahmed

    Give support for Android Widget to put on the Chrome OS Desktop.

    • Homer J. Simpson

      I’m sure posting your wishlist on here is going to make a lot of difference.

      • Kawshik Ahmed

        I know it won’t make any difference :(

  • GJ

    I really wish I could get the wallpaper to switch between a set amount of wallpapers every time I see it. I know you can do this, but it must include every wallpaper, and I don’t want the 20 gazillion nature wallpapers ChromeOS comes with.

  • Stefan van Aalst

    My favorite wallpaper: black.

    • JUDGE

      I like this one too. With a white skull on it… ^^

  • liamdools

    How could I tell I was going to check this site looking for news on important bugfixes and useful new features, only to find more articles on a “bwand new matewial desiwn icawn!!!1!z”

    Seriously, Chrome OS is the most problematic OS I’ve seen since Windows ME, no new icons are going to fix what’s wrong with it.

    • Noremacam

      since windows ME? Really? I think I’ve had one tab crash in a year with my old Samsung chromebook. I had a BSOD on the very first day of owning an ME desktop.

    • Adrian

      Yeah I dunno about your very spurious claim about Chrome OS,
      but I will agree that the trivia level of this article is very high and basically wastes readers’ time.

      Love OMG Chrome, but this is near-meaningless.

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  • Eric Sterling

    I would love it, if there was an rss feed option for the wallpaper selector.

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