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Google's new Chromebook app turns your desktop into an art gallery

Google's new Chromebook app turns your desktop into an art gallery

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The company released a similar browser extension earlier this year

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Are you a Chromebook owner suffering from Drab Desktop Disorder? Google's coming to the rescue with a new Chrome OS app, one that replaces a given device's wallpaper with a selection from the Google Art Project's archives. The app is promoting the work of the company's Cultural Institute, an off-shoot that's focused on digitizing the collections of international museums and archives for public viewing, and its database includes everything from famous paintings to contemporary street art.

The app's not without precedent: Google released a similar extension for Chrome's browser incarnation in March of this year, and the company offers another extension that replaces blank new tabs with selections from Google Earth. If you're the kind of person who feigns interest in fine art but declines any and all invitations to visit local museums, it could prove useful — it's your chance to appreciate classics and new creations alike from the comfort of your Chromebook desktop.