Google has cooked up an interesting new idea to showcase excellent Pixel photos to millions of users across the globe as Chromecast background screensavers. If you’ve got a Pixel and fancy yourself a bit of a photographic genius in the making, read on.
It’s super easy to enter. All you have to do is append the hashtag #teampixel on any images you shoot on a Pixel and share on Twitter or Instagram. If Google likes what it sees, you’ll be contacted directly to take your first steps towards Chromecast superstardom (if that’s a thing?).
As you can probably guess, competition will be fierce, with actual photographers likely using the platform as a means to get their shots out to millions of Chromecast users. But as we increasingly see with the super-impressive cameras found on most smartphones these days, just being in the right place at the right time with the camera in your pocket is often enough to capture an amazing photo.
You’ll probably remember Google recently did something similar with its Google Featured Screensavers on Macs. You simply had to install the app on your laptop or desktop to enjoy some of the best photos doing the rounds on Google+. This Backdrops competition is just a natural progression, promoting the Pixel’s photographic excellence to folks that already have some Google hardware in their homes, while giving your best shots a chance to be seen by millions.
Here’s Google tips for the best chances of success:
- Suggested Content: Landscapes, Macro, Nature, Animals, Abstract, Life, Cities, Buildings, Textures
- No people, logos, watermarks or branding
- Landscape orientation works best
- Family friendly: these photos will be seen on millions of devices
To find out more, just visit this page in the Pixel user community.
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These are the new Google Pixel 2 features and design changes we want to see from the 2017 Pixel. Recent Pixel 2 rumors aren’t saying much but we still have a good idea about what’s coming. With talks of a dual camera system, bezel-free displays like the LG G6 to waterproofing and bigger screens.
The original Pixel proved Google could create an excellent smartphone experience that rivals the competition. And it did in a very short time frame. Now that the creators of Android have an entire year to plan another phone, potential buyers are extremely excited.
If the Pixel left you wanting something more and you passed on the Galaxy S8, here’s a list of Pixel 2 features and design changes we want to see and expect.
So far all signs are pointing to Google releasing two Pixel phones again this year. Early rumors suggested three were coming but the mid-range option got canceled. Additionally, those rumors claim HTC will manufacture the smaller device for Google, while LG is in charge of the bigger Pixel XL 2.
We expect to see the Pixel 2 release date in October, which lines up with the annual Google Nexus and Pixel offering. While it’s too early to choose a specific date that’s the expectation. However, the release is subject to change with big phones like the Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone 8 rumored for September.
Right now, it’s unlikely that Google will deliver all the features we want, but there is a good chance that most on our list will make the cut. The Pixel 2 is an important release for Google and we suspect this phone will deliver one of the best Android experiences to date.