Cinematic wallpapers on the Pixel Fold blew my mind

Every month, Google Pixel phones get a little better. Sometimes it’s just a security update that other phones might not get but, every few months, Google adds a “Pixel Feature Drop” into the mix.

The June Feature Drop added a bunch of awesome new features like person labels on the audio recorder app, vibration intensity changes, macro camera video, hands-free selfies, and even personal safety enhancements like Google Assistant check-in.

But there’s one feature that got a bit buried in the changelog. One that you should definitely check out right now. It’s called Cinematic Wallpaper and it’s something that magically transforms your 2D images into 3D bliss, and it looks absolutely stunning.

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Good old Pixel AI magic

Using the Backdrops app in conjunction with Google's Cinematic Wallpaper function on the Pixel Fold

(Image credit: Nicholas Sutrich / Android Central)

Any time Google Pixel phones are brought up, one of the defining features is almost always “AI magic” or something similar. While there’s some hyperbole in this saying and plenty of vague representation of what’s happening under the hood, Cinematic Wallpaper is one of those functions that can genuinely be described as “AI magic.”

Whether you’re looking to add a bit of depth to that mountain landscape shot, enhance the visage of your significant other, or take a trip to the stars, cinematic wallpapers can transport your relatively simple wallpaper into something with personality and movement.

Cinematic Wallpaper uses AI and the Google Tensor processor in the Pixel to analyze any photo you give it and take it from a 2D image to a 3D masterpiece. Try using it on your favorite landscape photos for a bit of pop or use a photo taken with Google Camera’s portrait mode for extra effect. 

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