A new flag added to the Canary channel of Chrome OS hints at the Android Wallpapers app becoming the default option in Chrome OS.
The flag, available at chrome://flags/#enable-android-wallpapers-app, is called “Android Wallpapers App Chrome OS” and has the following description:
Enables the Android Wallpapers App as the default Wallpaper App on Chrome OS
This is not completely functional yet. I am on a Toshiba Chromebook which is supposed to get Android apps soon. With additional steps, I could get the Play Store working. This did not change the default wallpaper app for me.
I installed Google’s official wallpapers app and that worked fine though. After installing the app, it did become the default option when I right-clicked desktop and choose “set wallpaper”. Is this how it is supposed to work?
I am not sure about which “Wallpapers” app this flag is referring to. The Android operating system comes with a built-in Wallpapers app. Then there is the Google Wallpapers app that was recently released. On my phone however, this app seems to have replaced the built-in app.
Will We See More Like This In The Future?
Another question I have is about apps from Android becoming default in Chrome OS. Is this a new trend that will see more of in future?
For Android, almost everything is an app. This is applicable to important system components too. When Chrome OS gets Android apps, those apps also can be ported. When you make those the default, we will see Chrome OS beginning to look more like Android.
Is this how Google wants to merge these two operating systems?