A new live wallpaper (LWP) app has been released on the Market. LWPs may be a dime a dozen, but this one is definitely worth a look:


From what I can tell, there is no actual relation to NVIDIA/Ageia's PhysX engine, other than a focus on physics (who would’ve guessed?). The effect is quite cool though - the particles move based on how you’re holding the phone, and can be set to act in various manners. Very nifty.

There are a variety of color combinations available (“Deep Blue” is below), and you can opt to change how the particles act. Still, a few more options would have been nice - for example, you can’t define the color of the background - it has to either be black (as below), or the color defined by the combination selected (for example, in Deep Blue it’s a medium blue).


The biggest drawback: like most LWPs, this thing seriously zaps performance - in fact, it firmly establishes itself in my book as the most performance-killing LWP I’ve ever used. Even after playing with it for a few minutes, menus and transitions are still extremely laggy, and apps take longer to start and run.

As with most apps, the PhysX Live Wallpaper is available through the market.

QR code for market://search?q=pname:com.kunnskap.android.wallpaper.physx

[Source: Mono-Lab.CH (blog), AppBrain]

Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • furble

    Yes, 10 FPS is certainly sexy…

    • Aaron Gingrich

      I take it you're the type to never run a LWP because it degrades performance?

      Some people find the novelty worth the sacrifice.

  • ObsceneJesster

    What Clock/Weather widget is that?

    • Aaron Gingrich

      Just stock CyanogenMod 6 (CM6)

  • andy

    I thought my original Droid running at 1.2GHz was a beast.. until a few minutes ago.... brought to its knees by LWP :(

    • Aaron Gingrich

      Hahaha =(

  • John Doe

    The minute physics was uttered I knew the outcome with battery life would not be good.
    Its cute....no way in hell would I ever run this as a normal wallpaper without a super extended battery for it.

  • http://cyberfish.110mb.com Jake

    Does it work on HTC Tattoo?

    • Aaron Gingrich

      I'm not sure if it would or not. I don't know if it works on 1.6, and if it does, you might be limited by the CPU. Still, worth a try!

  • AD

    You need to adjust settings. Lowering particle count, stopping the tilt effect and making the background black has this wallpaper working beautifully on my Vibrant. No lag whatsoever.

    • Aaron Gingrich

      That's like starting with a Ferrari and swapping out the drivetrain for that of a Prius. Sorta defeats the purpose, in my book.

      But I get your point ;)

  • Step

    that was waaaaaaaaay to long man seriously. shorten the video to 30 secs.

  • ns

    There is an extended version of this live wallpaper on the market: PhysX Pro Live Wallpaper.