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You can now download the leaked Pixel 4 live wallpapers

What you need to know

  • Your phone must be an ARM 64 device running Android 7 or higher.
  • Only working on Snapdragon processors.
  • The wallpapers do have some bugs in them but mostly work well.

We are a little over two weeks from finally getting to see the Pixel 4 in an official capacity, but that's not stopping the leaks from rolling out. As with previous Pixel devices, Google is readying a new batch of live wallpapers for the phones. An XDA developer, Pranav Pandey managed to port the unleased phone's backgrounds to the public (via Android Police).

There are some caveats to using these new wallpapers, though. First, your device must be running a Snapdragon processor with ARM 64 architecture and secondly, you have to be running Android 7 or higher. This automatically cuts out Samsung devices running Exynos chips and Huawei phones on their Kirin platform.

So if your phone happens to fit into the two requirements, you will be able to get these up and running — yet again with some caveats. Unfortunately, to be able to get these to work, the developer had to disable Ambient Display on Android 10 to make the app compatible on some older phones, though he is considering making a separate APK that would enable Ambient Display and let those with Android 10 utilize the feature.

Doodle (left) Compass (right)

It seems that even with those limitations that the wallpapers do mostly work. Some of the wallpapers don't recognize the systemwide dark mode, so the wallpapers don't update the backdrop colors accordingly. There is a Doodles wallpaper that lets you set up different themes and make your own doodles which means you can create an unlimited number of variations. The Compass theme is a wallpaper that keeps a needle that will do as a compass does — always point north. As with all live papers, be aware that they do put a hit on the battery life when using them.

If you want to try these out on your device check out the Pixel Wallpapers 19, as well as the developer's post that details the full list of features and supported devices.

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Chris Wedel
Chris Wedel
Chris Wedel is a fan of all things tech and gadgets. Living in rural Kansas with his wife and two young boys makes finding ways to get and stay online tricky. By utilizing his years of experience with the tech and mobile communications industries — success is assured. When not conquering connectivity challenges and testing new gadgets, he enjoys cruising a gravel road in his UTV with some good tunes.
8 Comments
  • Talk about taking the air out of any 10/15 preso, man. There is just about nothing left to show at this point. I can't believe Google is happy with all these leaks again. It is what it is though, it will just make everything in the 10/15 preso have a response of "Yup... yeah, saw that ... uh huh .. that too.." I wonder if they will try to change all this going forward in some way.
  • Ugly as sin
  • That's what I thought! Looks like a five year old designed the damn things.
  • Looks like google is going for the ugliest phone of the year award. If they make the phone with the asymmetric thicker top bezel and narrow bottom bezel and these ugly wall papers it is sad for google. Pixel should have been like the One Plus 7T, actually multiple cameras housed in the circle makes it look so much better than these square stove top. Oh wait if Apple does something everybody else copies them anyway like the ugly notch. Narrower bezels without a gimmic and having the notification led would make a phone so much better.
  • Too much work for just wallpapers!
  • These have to be the lamest wall papers. Any kid spending 30 minutes on photoshop could make better designs. I'll keep using the P30 wallpapers on my Essential phone.
  • I'll just wait for the wallpapers when they are live
  • They are LIVE...... wallpapers that is....