Do you love the sea of reflective dots that adorn the back of the Nexus 4? And do you, having had your pre-order delayed up to three weeks, absolutely crave that shiny goodness in your life right now? There's a live wallpaper for that: the Nexus 4 Dot live wallpaper, to be precise.

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Actually, it's quite pretty, and decently tweakable (though there are ads in the settings menus). So yeah, it's the back of a Nexus 4, in multiple colors, on your homescreen. Neat. Hit up the Play Store to grab it now.

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • fixxmyhead

    omg thank u. love the black one

  • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

    i'm going to install this on my old phone, tape that to the back of my current phone, and pretend i have a nexus 4!

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    • http://twitter.com/BrainWash1 brain wash

      I wonder if this can simulate cracked glass.

  • http://twitter.com/BoB1673 BoB1673

    how this impact the battery

    • Trololol

      This will eat through your battery life. I recommend only those who have a spare battery or a portable battery charger to use this only. If you have a charger in your car, home and work only then go ahead and install this. Or else you will not be able to use your phone.

      • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

        who do i believe?!

        ..... wait a minute, i see what you did there, Trololol, if that's even your real name....

    • Chris Clark

      Like any other Live Wallpaper, it won't affect your battery much at all. It only runs when on your homescreen, using up no battery at all if the phone screen is off or you are in another app.

      • http://twitter.com/BoB1673 BoB1673

        i have it installed and its running on all screens O______o

        ill give this a go im normally able to plug my phone in just about any place i am :D

        • QwietStorm

          What do you mean running on all screens?

      • http://richworks.in Richie

        But Live wallpapers seem to be always active under the "settings>apps>running" tab. Are you sure they are enabled only when the homescreen is used?

        • Abhijeet Mishra

          The Live Wallpapers service is on I guess, but as long as those animations are not being drawn on the screen, there's minimal, if no, battery drain from the service being on. At least that's what I think.

  • Chromejob

    One question ... why?

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/no6969el Noel Barcellos

      Because this wallpaper has been around for a while and using the nexus 4 is a way to refresh and get people to try it.

      • Josh Oleksyn

        This is a new wallpaper, you're thinking of Light Grid.

  • companyemails

    Why on earth does a live wallpaper need to make web sockets and access the internet? Judging from the reviews on Play, it seems this LWP is a spamware monster and once you install it it starts flashing adds all over the place. Love the idea of the wallpaper but underhanded execution like this means stay away from this developer and his products.

    • C├ędric Tremblay

      Not really.
      What reviews say (and myself for having tried it) is that there are ads everywhere, but only in the "application". When you go in the LW settings, you'll get popups and ads. But they don't appear anywhere else, so once your LW is set, no more ads.

      Uninstalled it anyway, didn't fit with my homescreen.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      The ads are only in the LWP settings, which you'll need to access maybe a few times and then forget about.

      • Chromejob

        I was a little concerned when, after installing and configuring it, there was an alert for one of my Gmail accounts needing to login to sync. Uninstalled it as a precaution, though I didn't see any permissions requested to manage accounts. Nifty gewgaws like this are a popular way for Trojans and malware to entice users to install. Not saying THIS app is like that, just in general.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          I never got anything like that, probably a coincidence.

        • mgamerz

          It tells you what app is requesting permission...

  • TylerChappell

    I just installed this on my Thunderbolt and its probably one of the nicest, most pleasant-looking LWPs I've ever seen. I just did the default black one so I didn't even bother going into the apparently ad-infested settings.

    • Matthew Fry

      Matches my N10. Also, I got my N10! Woot!

  • http://twitter.com/BroMonty Joe Montgomery

    Actually, something exactly like this has been around for a LONG time. It's called Light Grid Live Wallpaper... I'm pretty sure it was featured here on AP a long time ago, actually.

  • Khanh

    this would be a nice dream app for 4.2. Forgot what exactly it's called but the screensaver app.

  • QwietStorm

    Is this any different than Light Grid Wallpaper?

    • Josh Oleksyn

      Yes, it's not as configurable, it's full of ads, and it's a simple cash-grab riding the Nexus 4 release.

      • QwietStorm

        Well I guess that sums that up.

  • Droid Tran

    Is it me or .... The 5 icons at the bottom rows seem to lack any common theme, style, design.

    As the very first screen that one looks at, these icons do not give any sense of pleasantry at all.

    Mr. Matias Duarte, beautify them please

  • JEnsbo

    Remove this article, the app is FULL of advertisements, sucks!

  • gnuf

    After trying this out, I was not impressed with the visual quality (it doesn't look the Nexus 4 back) and the annoying ads and cross-promo. So I wrote my own wallpaper that fixes those problems plus adds a feature that simulates reflection when you tilt the phone :-) Please try it out here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.github.efung.glimmer

  • Bigwavedave25

    You can make a similar/better result with a LWP called Light Grid Pro. The only LWP I've paid for and I think it is worth it. Many shape and transition options.

    I hate cracking on dev's especially if their stuff is free. But not being able to really tweak this one is a real bummer. I guess you get what you pay for here. Good idea though for the hype!