Bing! Google adds customizable backgrounds to their homepage

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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Thanks to marulez for the news tip!

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lcg said,
I guess some will like it, but I'll stick to the minimal default Google interface, which is one reason why I love Google.

+1 not really to fussed on the links up top and below the search either I should write an extension to remove them

LOL, this is the best evidence that the guys from Google are a bunch of liers. (Apart from the WLAN thingy ofc)
I remember when Bing came out with the background feature there was a press release that "nobody needed a search engine that wasted your browsers resources like bing does" - Evidently they only released that statement to bash bing and now realized that copying is easier than following their own lame "keep it extremely simple and don't even attempt to innovate" strategy.

Nope, good try but not what google needs. This just makes them look like Microsoft-wanna-bes. Turn this feature off, you already have it in the igoogle customized home page...

Looks better than I thought it would. What Google has done here is nothing like what Bing does. Definitely not a ripoff, IMO.

It's just a background image though. Bing one-up's that by having 4 tidbits of knowledge about whatever image they are showing, and they've chosen pretty cool locale's on the day's I went to the Bing front-page.

+ 2 for Microsoft

mentas said,
Google Search? Bing copy
Google Android? very ugly and failed iPhone copy

Have you used either of those products, or are you just looking at screenshots?

mentas said,
Google Search? Bing copy
Google Android? very ugly and failed iPhone copy

Android failed? and how exactly is it an iPhone copy?

also, why do people even go to the homepage of a search engine? doesn't every browser have a built-in search bar?

I still like the fact that on Bing you can roll your mouse over areas of the photo and learn something about it, and it changes all the time so you're always learning something new.

Why do people care about this ? Right now google is the best search engine for searching but i would like to see a few features from bing in it. Why not have the best of both world's, I don't care if they copy all of bing, whatever makes it better go ahead I don't care I just want the best search engine possible.

Gaffney said,
Why do people care about this ? Right now google is the best search engine for searching but i would like to see a few features from bing in it. Why not have the best of both world's, I don't care if they copy all of bing, whatever makes it better go ahead I don't care I just want the best search engine possible.

Lol, I'd rather have it vice versa. I'd like to see Bing take some more search verticals from Google and maybe even better algorithms for even more accurate results. Just not the same privacy policy as Google's

The novelty of this stuff wears off and no-one cares about it anymore. I don't know about other people, but my search engine is used for one thing: searching. Being able to mess around with background images and the like seems entirely pointless to me inspite of who came up with it.

<- Still surprised many people go to the home page of search engines when every browser has a search bar or smart bar for searching from your favorite engines or multiple engines at once even.

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