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5 Must Have Android Live Wallpapers part 3

Posted on Feb 27, 2011 in Themes, Top Rated Apps | 3 comments

This is part 3 in our series of “5 Must Have Android Live Wallpapers” (Part 1Part 2). Note: Android live wallpapers are currently only available for devices running Android 2.1+.

Remember, to set a live wallpaper, long press your homescreen > wallpapers > live wallpapers.

1.  Bubble Live Wallpaper

  • Version: 1.0.7
  • Size: 781KB (apps2SD enabled)
  • Price: Free (Pro version: ~$0.95)



Watch bubbles (some which even look like an Android) float around your homescreen. Tap on the bubbles to burst them! Customization options include number, size, and speed of the bubbles as well as background themes and colors.

2.  City at Night Live Wallpaper

  • Version: 1.09b
  • Size: 5.10MB (apps2SD enabled)
  • Price: $0.99



Enjoy this long-exposure image of a city at night. The movement of the background clouds and lights of passing traffic provide a beautiful effect. Customizations include background sky images that correlate with the current time of day, cloud color, and cloud/traffic speed.

3.  Nexus Revamped Live Wallpaper

  • Version: 1.98.06
  • Size: 289KB (apps2SD enabled)
  • Price: Free (Pro version: ~$1.59)



As the title states, this is an improved version of the original Nexus Live Wallpaper. Features include custom background images, particles colors, and particle appearances. Other customizations include direction, speed, and spawn density of particles. Options to adjust the frames per second enable you to adjust the live wallpaper’s performance to work best with your specific device’s capabilities. You can even have the particle colors adjust to represent your current battery level.

4.  Jumpgate Live Wallpaper

  • Version: 1.05
  • Size: 1.23MB (apps2SD enabled)
  • Price: Free (Full version: $0.99)



Soar through space with your jet-pack powered Android friend! Watch as stars, asteroids, and other heavenly bodies whiz pass you at light-speed. Double tap the Android to make him wave or perform a barrel roll! Full version customizations include additional characters (e.g spaceship), asteroid counts/speed, and more.

5.  KF Flames Live Wallpaper

  • Version: 1.0a
  • Size: 219KB (apps2SD enabled)
  • Price: Free (Full version: $0.99)



Light your Android homescreen on fire with this live wallpaper. The full version features customizations which include flame color, density, and variance. You can also choose from multiple backgrounds or even provide one of your own. Turn up the heat!

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Top Android App: MultiPicture Live Wallpaper

Posted on Jan 22, 2011 in Themes, Top Rated Apps | 1 comment

MultiPicture Live Wallpaper enables you to display a different picture for each panel of your Android device’s homescreen.

  • Version: 0.4.8
  • Size: 111KB (no apps2SD)
  • Category: Themes
  • Price: Free



This MultiPicture Android app is not exactly a live wallpaper in the sense that we are used to. In essence, it’s an advanced homescreen wallpaper manager. To setup, go to [Home] > [Menu] > [Wallpaper] > [Live Wallpapers].

The easiest way to get this live wallpaper up and running is by editing the default settings (instead of changing the settings for each homescreen panel). First, in the “Type of screen” section, choose where you’d like the app to look for pictures. At first, this was rather confusing because the default was set to use a single picture but nothing would show up (even if it’s set to randomly use an image, it won’t initialize until you go in and adjust this setting at least once). I’d suggest the album option, which lets you check/un-check the albums you’d like pictures displayed from.

Other settings include background color, crop/resize ratio, saturation, opacity, and picture selection order. I’d recommend using some sort of crop/resize setting instead of fit to full-screen to avoid blurry images. Play around with the different transition types (for when you switch homescreen panels) and picture change intervals (anywhere from 5 seconds to 1 hour to never).

Pros:

  • Assign different images to each of your Android homescreen panels
  • Extensive list of setup options, e.g. transition effects, image settings, etc.
  • Double-tap to refresh pictures



Areas for improvement:

  • Initial setup was rather confusing, a short tutorial/help section would benefit new users



Conclusion: An Android live wallpaper that lets you display different pictures on each homescreen panel, a functionality that should be included with stock Android!

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5 Must Have Android Live Wallpapers part 2

Posted on Jan 3, 2011 in Themes, Top Rated Apps | 13 comments

This is part 2 of our previous “5 Must Have Android Live Wallpapers” review. Note: Android live wallpapers are currently only available for devices running Android 2.1+.

Remember, to set your live wallpaper, long press your homescreen > wallpapers > live wallpapers.

1.  Luna Stream Live Wallpaper

  • Version: 1.0
  • Size: 62.78KB
  • Price: Free



Turn your Android homescreen into a canvas for impressionist designs which will remind you of artistic works by Monet or Van Gogh. Customizations include different styles, one of which lets you set the stream numbers, width, and speed.

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2.  Avatar Trees Live Wallpaper

  • Version: 1.2
  • Size: 35.22KB
  • Price: Free



Tap your Android homescreen to watch a colorful “Avatar Tree” grow. Double tapping will clear the screen and another tree will begin to grow. Customizations include growth speed, branch number, colors, and tree fade out time.

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3.  Fireflies Live Wallpaper

  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Size: 1.51MB
  • Price: ~$1.00 (Free Edition available)



Watch fireflies fly around a darkly lit room with light bulbs swinging from the ceiling. Click any of the light bulbs to switch them on/off. Customizations include screen refresh rate, number of fireflies, accelerometer refresh rate, and the option to toggle accelerometer, touch events, light bulbs, and their pendulum motion. Many of these options are meant to enable you to reduce this Android live wallpaper’s load on the CPU.

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4.  Striker Pro Live Wallpaper

  • Version: 1.0
  • Size: 331KB
  • Price: ~$0.93 (Free version available)



Watch tiny Striker Manager’s soccer players pass the ball around your Android homescreen. Customizations include changing the number of players and their uniform styles.

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5.  Solar Wind Live Wallpaper

  • Version: 1.0
  • Size: 63.99KB
  • Price: Free



Feel like you’re flying through space at light-speed. Watch as multi-colored arrays stream around your Android homescreen. Customizations include different styles, one of which lets you set the number, size, and speed of the particles. Advanced settings include wind speed, emitter number and speed, and motion blur.

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Ho ho ho: Coca-Cola Holiday Wallpaper

Posted on Dec 20, 2010 in Themes, Top Rated Apps | 3 comments

Bring the holidays to your Android phone with Coca-Cola’s live wallpaper.

  • Version: 1.0
  • Size: 3.45
  • Category: Themes
  • Price: Free



This live wallpaper converts your Android homescreen into a holiday snow globe. You can shake or tilt your phone to change the direction of the falling snow. As you swipe between homescreen panels, the view will rotate in a curved fashion, which adds a nice touch. Outside of the globe you can also see Santa Claus peering in, adding yet another dimension to the app.

Pros:

  • Great way to get in the holiday season
  • No performance drop with 2.2.1 Nexus One
  • Snow globe view rotates around your homescreen panels



Areas for improvement:

  • Add some customization options around the people/items that move around inside the snow globe



Conclusion: An easy way to add a festive touch to your Android phone!

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Android Live Wallpaper: Shake Them All!

Posted on Nov 3, 2010 in Themes, Top Rated Apps | comment

Shake Them All! Live Wallpaper uses a realistic physics engine and g-sensors to display Androids (or other skins) floating around your homescreen.

  • Version: 1.61
  • Size: 294KB
  • Category: Themes
  • Price: Free



To apply this live wallpaper, long-press your homescreen. Then, the first thing you’ll want to do is go into the settings. Here you’ll have the option of the number of Androids, the size of the Androids, and the particular skin you want to use (currently there are over 100 to choose from). Next, decide whether you want a plain color or image as your background. Lastly, play around with the various sensors that influence how the Androids float/fall. Adjust the reaction to gravity, phone acceleration, touch, light, and sound.

If you’re concerned about battery usage, it may be beneficial to use only a couple of the available sensors, e.g. just gravity and touch. With those two active (and the others disabled), this live wallpaper only consumed 2% of my Vibrant’s battery life for the entire day.

Pros:

  • Sensor options allow scalable (0-100%) sensitivity
  • Over 100 skins to choose from



Areas for improvement:

  • Options/info on managing sensors to reduce battery consumption
  • Ability to flick the Androids around would be satisfying!



Conclusion: A fun, customizable Android live wallpaper!

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