09
Dec
lwpdaydream

Android 4.2 brought a nifty, albeit it somewhat useless, new feature called Daydreams. In a nutshell, Daydreams is just a screensaver, which might be useful in some situations - specifically on tablets. For the current time, though, there are only a few different stock options for Daydreams: clock, colors, Currents, Photo Frame, and Photo table. There are also a few apps out there that have incorporated the feature - like Beautiful Widgets, for example - further increasing Daydreams' usefulness.

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Live Wallpaper Daydream, however, is a little different. It's simple in nature: it lets you use the currently-applied LWP as a daydream. No settings, no frills - just one function, and it does it well. You need only enable the feature in Daydreams, and away you go. When the Daydream activates, it will simply show your LWP without any icons, the status bar, or notification bar.

Live Wallpaper Daydream is free in the Play Store, but be aware there isn't an icon after it's installed, as the only way to access the new feature is inside the Daydreams options.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Jeffrey Tuttle

    sucks,not compatible witth the OG

    • SetiroN

      You do understand Daydreams only exists on 4.2, right?
      -_-'

    • http://twitter.com/nklenchik Nick Klenchik

      Think it's about time you let that one go?

    • ohshaith55

      Is this not a joke? I thought it was a pretty funny parody of typical play store reviews.

  • http://twitter.com/trlovejoy trlovejoy

    You're running 4.2 on an OG? Impressive.

  • Abhi Kurve

    Waiting for the CM team to bring 4.2 goodness for Galaxy S3!
    Any idea how long it'll take?

  • dtlvan

    It will be better if we dont have to set any LWP before enable inDay Dream setting.

  • http://twitter.com/cthonctic Cthonctic

    Not bad, but I still was not able to establish a use case where I would like my phone or tablet waste power by displaying a screensaver, even if plugged in and charging.
    Why did they add this functionality in 4.2 of all things?

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      I don't really understand the amount of hate for this feature. It's not really that special or interesting, but it's not bad either. In any practical sense, it's a screensaver, just like on ever desktop OS for the last 20 years. Screensavers aren't necessary or practical on today's laptop screens either, but Apple and Microsoft (and the Linux distros) aren't exactly rushing to remove the feature. Android is just catching up in this one small corner...and for some weird reason they felt like renaming it Daydream...

      edit: for clarity, I'm not implying you are hating on Daydream, but there is clearly not a lot of lover either ;)

      • http://twitter.com/cthonctic Cthonctic

        Thanks for the clarification because I'm really not hating on Daydream. But I do question its usefulness, which is justified IMO.
        Sure, having it won't hurt anyone and fortunately Google made it possible to switch it off (unlike lockscreen widgets for which you need a third party app to get rid of). But I'm generally not a big fan of feature creep, and if any functionality could have been left out of 4.2 it's basically this. The value add is just too small as I see it. YMMV ofc.

        • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

          I actually intend to add a feature to my app to make use of Daydream...eventually...like, way down the road. I've seen a couple of other pretty useful ideas for it. There is potential for it to be good, but it's definitely going to remain one of those features that people ignore. I think it'll be much more popular on something like the Asus Transformer line than on phones, mostly because people are much more likely to keep the device plugged in with the screen constantly on.

          I think I know why it was added. Google has been roped into the same type of announcements that Apple does, where there's always got to be a checklist of new user-facing features with each release. With 4.2, Google really didn't add very many new things, they mostly extended or improved on existing stuff (like Google Now). I think Daydream was something they decided to add so they could plump up the list just a bit more. I'm not sure if you saw the iPhone 4 release, but it's very reminiscent to the Facetime announcement. As a feature, nobody really cared about Facetime, but it served to fill about 15-20 minutes on stage and was hyped almost as much as Men in Black 3 (it's nothing the world needed or wanted).

          • http://twitter.com/cthonctic Cthonctic

            Yeah, that's precisely why I'm generally wary of feature creep because there's always the danger of ending up adding low-value features just to tick some checkboxes. I cringe whenever I read about "4000000 innovative new features in the lastest version" because invariably most of them are either highly trivial or simply not worthwhile. Like Facepalm, er Facetime.

            You're right though, on convergent devices like the Transformer pads having conventional screensavers might well be useful because those can sit powered on but with sleeping/inactive screen, or alternatively, powered off entirely. For desktop computers, that's the justification to have screensavers after all (rather than just blanking the screen): to make it obvious to the user that the computer will readily react to user interaction rather than having to be booted up.
            As for tablets and smartphones in general though, they are intended to be always-on, so the user automatically knows the device is only asleep and can be woken up by pressing the power button or something similar. That, to me, largely makes screensaver functionality such as Daydream a mere nostalgia feature as far as mobile devices are concerned.

          • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

            Feature creep can suck. It's the reason that Windows became such a screwed up OS, starting with XP. I'm not sure that I'd include Daydream into that category though. It's obviously not a feature that a lot of power users are going to use, but as tablets start to become common replacements to laptops, regular people tend to love screensavers. Look at how excited some people are about Live Wallpapers, Daydreams are a natural extension of that (as proven by this article). This is a feature that is subtle and uninteresting now, but there should be a real market for it in the future.

            Of course, I still believe there's some interesting/exciting ways for developers to use this feature. Just in the course of writing this comment, I've written down 3 ideas that might be pretty cool. :)