Google release a new option on its homepage, customizable user backgrounds. The added feature has only gone live in a few countries, starting with United States, and will continue to roll out in more countries in the coming days.
The new feature on Google allows users to add their own background (image must be 800 x 600 or larger), and can upload an assortment of file extensions from .jpeg, .tif, .tiff, .bmp, .gif, .psd (Photoshop), .png, .tga, and selected RAW formats.
You can also select photos from My Picasa web photos, public gallery and editor's picks (as selected by Google).
The backgrounds do require you to login to Google.com, and are transferable across computers and browsers. Uploaded images are stored on Google's server and can be used on multiple platforms.
Currently, only Google Chrome, Internet Explorer 7 & 8 (Windows XP, Vista and 7), Firefox 3.x (Windows XP, Vista, 7 and Mac OS X) and Safari (Mac OS X) are supported.
To set your background, click on the link in the bottom left hand-corner of your screen “Change background image.” If the link is not available in your country yet, click on “Go to Google.com” under the search bar to adjust your background.
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