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Smart Wallpapers, from popular Wear watchface designer RichFace, puts phone and Google Fit stats on your wallpaper

We've featured RichFace in our Android Wear roundups quite a few times already, but so far, we haven't had reason to talk about the designer/developer team beyond that. That changes today with the release of their first non-Wear app on the Play Store. It's a Live Wallpaper, so we're still in customization territory, but it's definitely an interesting one.

Smart Wallpapers takes an HD image you have and suggests new ones for you to download every day, but the magic begins beyond choosing a wallpaper. The app lets you select up to 4 indicators to show in the background on top of the image.

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Flatland Is A New Nature Live Wallpaper That Goes Oddly Well With Material Design

I'm not much of a live wallpaper guy these days, but Maxelus is one of the more popular LWP developers out there, and their newest creation Flatland really does it for me. Flatland has three nature themes: savannah, forest, and flamingos, with 15 preset color palettes that can be applied to each theme. You can also completely customize the colors to match things like your icon set, which is nice.

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Google Creative Lab Releases The 'Meter' Live Wallpaper For Real-Time Stats On Your Homescreen

Google Creative Lab has released a few apps thus far that are described as "Android Experiments." Apps like Lip Swap were just for fun, but Meter is theoretically useful, and that's not something you can usually say about a live wallpaper. Meter shows you your signal strength, notification count, and battery life using colorful geometric shapes.

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Muzei Updated To Version 2.0 With Android Wear Watch Face, Design Tweaks, And More

 

Roman Nurik's Muzei, the live wallpaper that puts art (or any other collection of images) front and center on your home screen, got a big update to version 2.0 today.

The most noticeable changes are in the app's interface, which has been updated for Lollipop. The design stays true to the experience many users are already familiar with, but adds some new touches, including a revised launcher icon, and a FAB for adding images to the "my photos" category.

Muzei has also added a slider for saturation in its advanced settings menu, an option to remove effects on the lock screen, improved panning for wide images, some bug fixes, and some awesome Android Wear integration including a watch face (contributed by Ian Lake) and better notifications when new artwork appears.

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Asus Follows Up MyWater Live Wallpaper With MyOcean (AKA MyWater 2)

When some one has taken the time to design a live wallpaper that can semi-convincingly replicate the look of ice cubes floating in artificial water, you just don't let that time and experience go to waste. You channel it into another project. So Asus is rebooting its MyWater live wallpaper with a sequel, MyOcean.

Update: Like MyWater before it, MyOcean was previously available exclusively to Asus devices. Now it's available to others in the Play Store.

Instead of ice cubes, this time users can watch a killer whale swim around in front of an island.

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Asus has shaken the gimmick up this time around.

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Asus Pours Its MyWater Live Wallpaper Into The Play Store For Any Android Device To Drink

Countless people out there have surely checked out Asus tablets in department stores around the world and walked away thinking, "I wish I could have that." You would think they were talking about the hardware (especially considering how cool the original Asus Transformer was at the time), but instead, they had their eyes set on the spiffy live wallpaper being used to show off the device. Lucky for them, Asus has now released the animated MyWater wallpaper into the Play Store and opened it up to competing electronics.

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Under the right circumstances, nothing is more exciting than an ice cold glass of water.

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NVIDIA Releases Titanfall Live Wallpaper

Titanfall fans, do you want to show your gamer love? Of course you do! And now you can display the love for the game with your wallpaper!

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Somehow that sounded far more exciting in my head. But that's OK, the point remains the same: NVIDIA just released a neat Titanfall Live Wallpaper to the Play Store. Is it amazing? No. Is it groundbreaking? No. Mind blowing? Nah. But it is pretty cool looking, and those who love Titanfall should at least enjoy slapping it on their homescreen.

It's a free download, so hit the widget to give it an install.

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[App Roundup] Our Top Seven Picks For The Best New Apps Of February 2014

It's been a busy month in the Android app world, particularly if you want useful tools or visual tweaks. There's one big app that we're not featuring in this roundup: the Google Now Launcher, AKA the Google Experience Launcher. We're omitting it from the main list because it's only compatible with Nexus and GPE devices - even the few standard Android devices that have been upgraded to KitKat can't play with it unmodified.

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TimePIN

If you want a truly secure device, you need either a PIN code or a password. If even that isn't enough, then you need to check out TimePIN, a way of constantly changing your PIN code based on your phone's clock time.

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[New App] Taskei Gives Muzei The Tasker Treatment, Provides Greater Control Over Which Wallpapers You See And When

DashClock's developer released Muzei earlier this month, an attractive live wallpaper app that takes pictures, blurs them, and puts them on your homescreen. By default, you can choose from your own images or opt to have a different work of art serve as your background each day, but shortly after release, a ton of extensions became available for Muzei that you can use to keep your background fresh in any number of ways. It even works with AllCast. Now Taskei is here to extend your options even further.

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With Taskei, you can have your device only load up new wallpapers from select sources when it's on WiFi, show album art as your background when listening to music (similar to the Nexus 5's lockscreen), shake your phone to shift through backgrounds, activate different extensions depending on your location or the time of day, and more.

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Roman Nurik's Muzei Live Wallpaper Already Has Extensions For 500px, Reddit, APOD, And More

Muzei has only been in the Play Store for about a day, but there are already a few excellent extensions that can pipe in more content. By default Muzei shows a new piece of art as the background every day, but it also includes the option to use images on your device. Extensions for sources like 500px and Reddit have already popped up, which seems to point to a bright future for Muzei.

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