How to Get the Pixel's Amazing New 'Live Earth' Wallpapers on Your Android Device
Google worked with design agency B-Reel to create some unique wallpapers for its Pixel and Pixel XL flagships, and the end result is quite stunning. These "Live Earth" wallpapers, as they're called, combine Google Earth's high-def satellite imagery with a 3D parallax effect that changes perspective as you move between screens.
It's a dramatic look, so developer Quinny898 dug through a recent Pixel system dump to find all of the files and libraries that make the Live Earth images tick. He then combined all of these resources into a single APK, which means that you can install one of the Pixel's best features on your phone in just a few simple taps—no root required.
To start, just grab the APK using the link below, then tap the Download Complete notification when that's finished. The file is rather large (80 MB) since it includes the necessary libraries, so give Android's installer interface a moment to load, then tap the "Install" button.
Once you've got the app installed, head to your home screen, then long-press any empty space and choose "Wallpapers." From there, if you're using the new Pixel Launcher, head to the "Live Wallpapers" section, then pick an image, and choose "Set wallpaper." If you're using the Google Now Launcher or any third-party home screen, simply scroll over on the bottom menu to find the new backgrounds.
Once you've set your new wallpaper, you'll quickly notice how different these Live Earth images truly are. When you unlock your phone, the background image shifts perspective downward, and when you move between home screens, your vantage point rotates along with it.
Aside from looking gorgeous, some of these Live Earth wallpapers add a bit of subtle functionality, too. The "Horizon" image goes from sunrise to sunset as your battery drains from 100% to zero, and the "Your World" wallpaper depicts a live view of the sun's position at your location, while overlaying current radar imagery of the clouds.
Honestly, these images made my jaw drop when I first saw them. If you just want to see how they look, check out the following gallery—but know that you won't get the full effect until you see them in person.