Generally speaking (and apparently like most Android owners), I love the idea of live wallpapers, but in practice, the cost (on the phone, not the wallet) is too high to stomach in return for a bit of show. For quite some time (probably about 6 months of my nearly 2 years with Android), though, I ran the absolutely awesome Mario Live Wallpaper. Until recently, that is - after roughly 3 months straight with it, I switched to a static wallpaper (specifically, this one) once more.

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Until today, that is; this morning, I found an awesome new live wallpaper when the dev shared it on reddit. The LWP is called Radiant Particles, and it is "an amazing Live Wallpaper made from thousands of moving particles that follow your finger. Create unique swirls and watch as the swarm dissipates." Thinking it was likely to slow down my phone, run poorly, and/or drain battery like most other LWPs, I almost ignored it. I'm glad I didn't - after just a minute with it, I was in love. 8 hours later (and a lot of time spent playing with it), I have to say: stunning. I have yet to find a downside.

The free version offers a beautiful version of the blue, with a few minor customization settings. The full version ($1.57 on the Market) unlocks full customization options, including particle count, color, size, touch settings, and FPS. To try it out (I strongly suggest you do), hit up the links below.

[via Reddit]

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.

  • Joel

    Look a lot like the app called Gravilux...

  • http://mgamerzproductions.com Mgamerz

    I like how the images are on a HP Touchpad Running CM7.

  • Scott Oldfield

    I'm trying this out right now. Watchdog certainly seems to think that it is using a lot of CPU. I get alerts every minute or two saying that it's using above 50%. I'm not sure how this wouldn't drain the battery. (Nexus S on T-mo running 4.0.3)

    • Aaron Gingrich

      Let me know how it works out for you. I just checked, and after 8 hours of running it, it's responsible for 5% of my battery consumption. I'm still able to make it through a full day of just above moderate use, so I don't mind the small amount of battery drain.

      • Umang

        Same for me. Getting alert from Watchdog for >50% CPU usage. Moto Defy , CM 7.1

  • https://plus.google.com/112472891043621983912 fooflamfinn

    As always, you guys post some of the coolest apps on here! I'll have to grab both the Mario and Radiant Particles live wall papers. Thanks!

    • Aaron Gingrich

      Glad you enjoy! You're welcome, thank YOU!

  • Shane

    A little off topic, but thanks for the XDA link to the mario live wallpaper! I loved that LWP on my Droid but lost it from all the ROM's I went through. Now my Rezound will get some retro love

    • Aaron Gingrich

      No problem. It was on the Market at one point, and between one of my wipes/flashes it got yanked. Took me a few minutes to find it, but that's where I always get it from now (I also keep a copy stored locally, just in case!)

  • sriracha

    Mario, one of my favorites, but six months on the trot? wow. i barely run any LWP for more than six days. i tried out radiant particles last night and it's one that will hang out on my SD, ready to impress. ..right next to the old plumber.

  • Alex

    Just spent an hour on the extra links you provided (Mario, Nexus X). Thank you!

  • http://twitter.com/#!/brandonjnunn bjn714

    I love how it looks, but I just can't keep it right now. It just runs the CPU from what I can see the whole time it is displaying, even if touch input is disabled. My wallpaper shouldn't account for 12% of my battery usage after running it for only 5 minutes. It matched my cell standby battery consumption for 6 hours on Verizon 4G!

    So until they manage the CPU usage better, maybe this is just better on tablets with bigger batteries.

    I can use Alien Shapes (really cool actually and the full version has a ridiculous number of different patterns to use) all day and it will not impact my battery at all and never seems to use CPU and doesn't usually show in my battery usage.

    Alien Shapes Free - https://market.android.com/details?id=com.maxelus.alienskinslivewallpaperfree

    • Norbert

      i agree with you. this is one of the stunning lwp that i found very light on battery. also the series of galaxy lwp from the same author (maxelus).

      • Edd

        Oh my god this is amazing (now on Day 4)

  • Simon Belmont

    This reminds me of the Pixi Dust app on the Palm Pre. It became possible after PDK app development became available.

    Anyway, nice write up. I like trying out new Live Wallpapers every now and then.

  • Andrew – Des Moines

    Waterize with the ice theme is second to none.