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Marlin & Sailfish Nexus backgrounds leak as Google works on new live, functional wallpapers


Following news of the Nexus Launcher, the new wallpapers that will debut with this year’s Marlin and Sailfish Google devices have leaked (via Android Police). In addition to 15 static images, Google is also working on a number of new live wallpapers with varying animations and functions that will launch with the new Nexus devices.

The functional live wallpapers sound familiar to an Android Experiment released by the Google Creative Lab last year. Meter shows battery status, Wi-Fi, and more through interactive, updating wallpapers. Support for live wallpapers launched early in Android’s history, but have long been neglected by Google. Third-party developers have released a number of live wallpapers, but last year’s Nexus 5X and 6P are devoid of them.

The Sailfish and Marlin have similar specs to one another with the same quad-core processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 12MP rear camera. The former device is a successor to the Nexus 5X with a 5-inch 1080p screen, while the latter has a 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 screen. Storage starts at 32GB with a possible 128GB option on the Marlin. Battery capacity is at 2,770mAh and 3,450mAh, respectively.

Like in recent years, a majority of the 15 wallpapers are nature and landscape themed with a splattering of a new element wallpapers. It’s possible that a future update to the Google Now Launcher will eventually bring these wallpapers to existing devices. The full resolution images are available to download in the gallery below.

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