Even if you're not particularly in love with live wallpapers, you owe it to yourself to check out the newest offering from Maxelus. This developer has a reputation for creating beautiful live wallpapers that don't destroy performance. And the just-released Space Colony might take things to an entirely different level.

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Space Colony turns your home screen into an alien cityscape with towering buildings, epic star-filled skies, and glowing starships flying past. There are five different city locations, and all the colors are configurable. Accelerometer control can be used to move the view around, but swiping does the same thing if you want to save a little battery.

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This live wallpaper does indeed look fantastic, but it appears to render better on the Nexus 4 than it does on the Nexus 7. There are a few jaggies on the latter device, but performance is acceptable. This seems like a pretty good way to blow a few bucks.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • Bojan Gutic

    This wallpaper is absolutely GORGEOUS! No performance impact at all on my Nexus 10. I wish I could say the same about my Galaxy Nexus!

  • aaronratner

    Love it. I'm a big, big fan of live wallpapers like this and very few are done right. This is done right. And instabuy.

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

    Absolutely beautiful. Maxelus did it again.

    • smeddy

      Thanks for this! I love Maxelus, and this is a beauty...

  • Ray

    Do live wallpapers affect battery consumption much?

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

      Well-made ones should only affect your battery when you're on the home screen, and if they use OpenGL, they shouldn't affect it much at all.

      • Mauro Juli├ín Fern├índez

        So, does this LWP apply those rules?

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

          I think so.

  • PhiINeIwyn

    Maxelus make really gorgeous wallpapers, but in general I don't use it very long because I find it distractive.

    BTW, why only still images in an article about a live wallpaper?

    • Abhi Kurve

      Totally agree.
      Feels good for some time then feels distractive ...and I move towards a minimal Wallpaper.

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

    I love Maxelus, and Alien Spaces is the best LWP ever. Ironically I searched him on the Play Store just two days ago to see if he had any new goodies to enjoy. Thanks AP!

  • firethorn

    Looks very nice. I'm hoping there'll be a bit more cyberpunk-looking variant, I'd be all over that.

  • Noreen Dyer

    Maxelus creates incredible live wallpapers-truly one of the best! Thanks for the heads up on Space Colony! Just purchased and now displaying on the GNex!

  • RealityCheck2013

    WOW!!! :P

  • Boyd Drew

    Pretty freaking amazing of my HTC One!!!

  • Primalxconvoy

    A pity that this is broken for galaxy note 2. The skybox moves to the right and never goes back, meaning you can see the edge of the skybox and the "outside" of the 3d area (just like in game bugs that allow you to jump outside the 3d map).

    I've asked for a refund.

  • Brian

    Space Colony Live Wallpaper

    "This digital artwork is one of the most amazing HD live wallpapers in 2013 and of all times!"

    Space Colony Live Wallpaper by Maxelus.net is one of the most amazing HD live wallpapers in 2013 and of all times I've ever seen and defnetly a must have for sci-fi fans.
    The space colony already astonishes us with its HD quality and the 3D touch futuristic city/metropol. But that is not enough Maxelus.net probably thought and adds an accelerometer option to let us freak out even more.
    Meaning, that when you tilt your android OS running device the city slighty tilts and brings even more movement on to your homescreen.


  • GraveUypo

    i've bought it just to see what it's like and then refund but i've decided to keep it. gonna use it for a while.