At its Made by Google event on October 4, Google revealed its next-generation Pixel product portfolio. The stars of the show are the Google Pixel 8 and Google Pixel 8 Pro.
For the Pixel 8, we now have a beautiful 6.2-inch OLED display that reaches a refresh rate of 120Hz, which is a nice improvement over the 90Hz on the Google Pixel 7. The Pixel 8 Pro receives more significant upgrades, including a new 6.7-inch OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate that can reach a peak brightness of 2,400 nits outdoors (making it the brightest screen on any smartphone). It also has a new 48MP ultrawide lens that joins a 50MP main camera and 48MP telephoto sensor. Both Pixel 8 devices also have the latest Tensor G3 chip for power and efficiency.
This year, Google is also adding more AI features to the Pixel 8 lineup. There’s a new Best Take feature that takes a series of photos focusing on people’s faces. The result is a single image created by swapping a person’s face from one image and replacing it with a better image from another image. There’s also a Magic Editor, which lets you move the subject, change the sky, and more.
Oh yeah — and we also have AI wallpapers.
Yes, you read that right. You can create your own AI wallpapers for Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro right on your phone. This is an interesting feature and is one that I really enjoy.
How to use Pixel 8’s AI wallpaper feature
So, how can you create your own AI-generated wallpapers on Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro? It’s pretty easy!
- Launch Arrangement on your Pixel 8 or Pixel 8 Pro.
- Scroll down and select it Wallpaper and style.
- Choose More wallpapers.
- Choose AI wallpaper.
- Select the letter The me to start.
- There will be a prompt with the words underlined. Select those words to reveal more options to choose from to create a custom creation.
- Choose Make wallpaper or Inspire me and watch Pixel 8 bring you something truly unique.
You’ll get several different wallpapers generated on each command, and you can swipe to see them all. If you like it, select the check mark in the top right corner to apply it as your lock screen or home screen wallpaper (or both).
It’s important to remember that any AI-generated wallpaper you choose to use will be saved in a section called “Your AI Wallpapers” on the AI wallpapers screen. This lets you quickly access the ones you want to use at any time.
If you’re expecting a full AI art generator like DALL-E, you’ll be a little disappointed. The AI wallpaper generator on the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro is limited to 12 themes, and each theme has its own specific commands with limited customization options.
However, considering what you have to work with, this is an opportunity to create some unique wallpaper images that no one else has. Luckily, the Pixel 8 will save any AI-generated wallpapers you choose to use so you can use them again in the future if you want.
I played around with the AI wallpaper generator a bit, and these are some of my favorites. Although I might get this result my Pixel 8 Pro, You maybe get something else completely different. That’s the fun with AI wallpaper generators — you never know what you’ll get!
Mineral (bismuth pastel)
I’m not a geologist, but minerals are interesting to look at, especially if you look at them up close. For this one, I chose “bismuth” with “pastel” tones, and the resulting image is stunning with lots of straight lines and textures, blurred backgrounds, and bright pastel tones. I personally love it!
Texture (pink sand)
A nice texture makes a great wallpaper. Here, I chose “pink” and “sand” to get varying results. This one is the best of the four he gave me, with two shades of pink for a light sandy texture.
The other images I was given didn’t look as good, as they weren’t exactly high resolution and instead looked like poorly compressed images. Some of the results don’t even look like sand at all.
Bloom (cherry blossoms)
I love cherry blossoms! Under the Bloom theme, I chose “cherry blossoms” with “pink” and “waterfall” to create this image with a pink background and cherry blossoms on both sides, which makes it a great lock screen wallpaper with a clock in the middle. However, I think the image quality is definitely not high resolution, as AI artifacts make it look compressed.
Soft focus (pink azalea)
Who doesn’t love a good soft focus photo? With this theme, you can choose from several different flowers and insects and choose the color. For this one, I chose the colors “azalea” and “pink”. I got some results that looked like pink blobs of nothing rather than flowers, and it actually took a few tries to get something that looked like an actual azalea. And even after I did that, the image quality still looked like a low quality JPEG.
Translucent (pink desert rose)
I’m a bit curious about the results of the translucent theme. Here, I chose “desert rose” and “pink.” I got pretty good results on the first try, and the whole thing was basically a close-up macro image of a desert rose against a solid pink background.
It’s hard to choose just one. For the most part, the images for this prompt look quite sharp and high quality, rather than poorly compressed images like many of the other results I got.
Imaginary (pink and purple rhodochrosite UFO)
The imaginary theme is wild. You choose objects, materials and color themes and get… interesting results. Here, I chose the color themes “UFO”, “rhodochrosite”, and “pink and purple”. It appears you may get fewer results for this theme than others. The resulting image definitely ties together your choices, and I’m not sure why I would want this as my wallpaper.
Imaginary (blue and indigo colored buildings)
As I was playing around with the Imaginary theme, I noticed some of the materials you can choose from are “felt” or “chenille” and other feathery materials. I was intrigued by this and decided to try it with a “building” in “blue and indigo” shades.
I definitely got a strange looking hut covered in blue and indigo feathers. It looks like something you’d see in a fictional world, and hey, if that’s what you want as a wallpaper, the Pixel 8 can help you create such a distinctive image.
Painting – view of a robot city in classical style)
Another perk is the Painting theme, which also gets some cool results like the Imaginary theme. Here, I chose “cityscape” and “robot” paintings in a “classic” style and got some distinctive results. I’m no artist, but it sure looks like a digital painting, and hey, there’s stuff I ask for, right?
Painting (19th century post-impressionist flying cars and seas)
Like Imaginary, you can go wild with the painting options. Here I chose “vast seas” and “flying cars” in a “19th century post-impressionist” style. I actually got a sea and flying car in a style that reminded me of Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night.” If you want to get whimsical with your wallpaper, then Painting (and Imaginary) is the right choice.
X-ray (bright butterfly wings)
I never really thought about using X-ray images as wallpaper, but hey, that’s an option here. You have the ability to choose from a wide variety of plants, insects, and other objects from nature, then choose a color. For this, I chose “butterfly wings” in “excited.” You can really tell that these are butterfly wings, although some of the results seem more abstract. I didn’t think I would like the X-Ray theme, but this stood out to me.
I’m not sure if anyone asked for an AI wallpaper generator with their smartphone, but Google apparently thought it was worth adding on the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro. And even if you don’t have one of Google’s newest Pixels, an AI wallpaper tool is coming all Android 14 devices later.
You won’t get great results 100% of the time when using an AI wallpaper generator, and sometimes it can take a few tries before you find something good. Luckily, if you find a good one and set it as your wallpaper, it will be saved for you to quickly access later. Unfortunately, if there are multiple results you like from a set, you can only keep whichever result you used, and the rest will be lost.
Is an AI wallpaper tool That reasons to buy Pixel 8 or Pixel 8 Pro? No, but it’s a fun and unique addition to the phone — and tops Google.