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Here’s a Look at the Pixel 4’s Theming App, Wallpapers, New Recorder App

Thanks to 9to5 Google and Nextrift, we’re getting a good look at a few new aspects of the Pixel 4.

The following are somewhat minor things/changes and new features that wouldn’t usually get a lot of spotlight during a phone’s launch, but because this phone is still quite a ways from being announced, and it’s a Google Pixel, it’s cool to talk about.

Theming App

As we already knew, the Pixel 4 will have a dedicated themes app, apparently housed under a Styles & Wallpapers section from the Pixel Launcher. In here, you’ll be able to customize your phone’s font, accent color, icon design, and more.

Here’s a look at it.

Gesture for Notifications

Already available on other devices, it looks like the Pixel 4 will have a swipe-down gesture for accessing notifications from the home screen. This is obviously replacing the swipe-down gesture that was available for the Pixel 3’s rear-facing fingerprint reader. RIP.

New Recorder App

A new app for the Pixel 4 is a dedicated Recorder app, which actually has a pretty slick looking design.

According to 9to5 Google, this is a standard voice/sound recorder app, with recorded files not accessible via the device’s file manager. Apparently, the recordings are placed in a private folder, accessible only via the Recorder app. And yeah, it has a dark mode theme available.

New and Improved Wallpapers

Of course, the Pixel 4 will offer a few new wallpapers and an updated Wallpapers app. There’s a few shown below, but most importantly, the actual Wallpapers app is a getting a little redesign, as well as a dark mode for Android 10 users.

Wallpapers App Dark/Light Modes

New Wallpapers


So there you have it, a whole bunch of new stuff is coming for the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. If you’re feeling a little impatient, I don’t blame you, since we still have until October 15 for this phone to be announced. Woof.

// 9to5 Google [2] [3] [4] [5]

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