Your Chromebook Finally Gets… Guess What? – Wallpapers!!!!!

ooOh!! Awesome news here Chrome OS – Chromebook fans!!! Chrome OS is finally getting a wallpaper (download  here) option that will sweeten up things for you! Details and a video right ahead. Read on.

When Chromebooks launched, many people raised a serious concern. They felt locked inside the browser. There is no way to get out of it unless you shut down the Chromebook. There is no way to minimize windows, or go to a wallpaper or nothing that resembles the traditional computing experience we always had.

For many, this was part of the deal. I approached my Chromebook (Chromium OS on a netbook in my case) knowing, once I login, a browser window or two is all I will get. There were many who liked it that way. But for others, here is the great day.

Aura window manager is Google’s effort to bring in some old school desktop experience to Chrome OS, but I am sure they will have few twists thrown in here and there. We are yet to see the whole picture. But Aura has been around for a while now and today, they added new wallpapers. François Beaufort  and I noticed that they added wallpaper system yesterday but today we got something more eye-candy. So here is my dear friends, the first screenshot of Chrome OS wallpapers. – Do they look a little MACish? or is it just me?

Next up is a video of this new wallpaper changing option in action. Now, on this screenshot you will see an option to have wallpaper change every day! Since Chromebooks are supposed to have a working internet connection always, we will soon see options to have it download pictures every day and change it for you. And if the team plans to throw in a API around this, expect a bunch of cool extensions making your Chromebook desktop experience super awesomatic.

Media Player With “Desktop Notifications”

Finally, we get to write about “desktop” and desktop notifications on Chrome OS! So, here is a screenshot of how the media player shows its notifications when you play a song.

Chrome OS Desktop Notifications

Chrome OS Desktop Notifications

Stay tuned for more!!!!!!!!!!!

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Dinsan made Google Chrome his default browser within hours of its release. He fell in love with Chromebooks from the day he first touched one and is currently obsessed with Chromecasts.

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  • Kurt 04/03/2012, 8:31 am

    Do you have any idea how the browser looks when you have one of the Aura windows maximized? Just wondering if the task bar on bottom disappeared and the clock went back on top.

    • Robb 06/03/2012, 2:06 am

      running hexxeh’s chromium OS builds, the task bar stays below.

      • Kurt 06/03/2012, 12:01 pm

        Interesting, guessing it’s turning into a regular OS then. Was hoping it would stay like how it is now on Chrome OS builds, loved the look of it.

  • Jonathan Seyghal 04/03/2012, 3:43 pm

    Chrome OS becomes less different from a regular OS by the day. 🙁

  • Ryan Hellyer 04/03/2012, 11:34 pm

    This is a sensible addition IMO.

    I always found it odd that we needed to open another tab to get to our “desktop”. OS’s sorted this stuff out a long time ago, no need to go reinventing the wheel.

    • Andrew McLoughln 08/03/2012, 3:44 pm

      But this desktop isn’t like the new tab page: it has no icons and no purpose. It would be better if the newtab page was the desktop background.

      • Andrew McLoughln 08/03/2012, 3:45 pm

        My bad, I should have kept reading

  • W.G. 05/03/2012, 7:09 am

    There’s compact mode, that looks and behaves similar to
    the current method. The last time I ran one of Hexxehs Vanilla Builds, You had to connect to an external monitor, in order to use what you see in the screenshots/videos..
    I hope that has been changed, by the time R19 is released.

  • Justin Phillips 12/03/2012, 7:21 pm

    This is just added complexity and defeats the purpose of Chrome OS.

    • Shane 14/03/2012, 2:15 pm

      I tend to agree with you. If Chrome OS is just going to turn into an alternative to Windows, then what sets it apart from other OS’s? I’m all for improvements, but simplicity is a staple of Chrome OS and it needs to stay that way if they want to remain unique.

  • Kurt 15/03/2012, 9:01 am

    Does anyone have a screenshot of what Aura Window Compact mode looks like? Does it still have the task bar?

    • W.G. 15/03/2012, 11:21 am

      It looks the previous version, but using the new windows for various modal dialogs and panels…. No taskbar, sorry.

  • Joel 30/03/2012, 6:53 pm

    on the topic of the WM it will be available not only for the chrome os but chrome as well!