Google's Pixels come with some pretty snazzy "live" wallpapers that respond with parallax and motion effects to your touch and phone orientation, and the aptly-named application that controls these live wallpapers on the Pixel 4, called Pixel Live Wallpaper, has just appeared on the Play Store. Unfortunately for folks hoping to emulate the Pixel experience, this official app is for Pixel 4 and 4 XL only. Read More
Google isn't slowing down its Digital Wellbeing efforts. A little more than a year after its release, the app has matured with new features, parental control integration, Chrome browsing monitoring, and has become mandatory for all Android devices going forward. That isn't stopping Google from testing new angles that could help you curb your screen time and better manage your phone usage. To that end, the Google Creative Lab has released five new experimental wellbeing apps. Read More
Now that Christmas is over and the new year is almost upon us I thought it would be prudent to compile the best apps of 2018 into a roundup before the year is officially over. So if you happened to have received a new phone, tablet, or Chromebook that runs Android OS, you may be looking for a few quality apps to push your new device to its limit. Every application in this list has been painstakingly hand-picked by yours truly, and they're all arranged by price for easy navigation. Heck, there were so many quality apps released this year that I've even included an honorable mentions list at the very bottom of the page. So without further ado, here are the best Android apps released in 2018! Read More
Muzei, a much-loved live wallpaper app made by Google employee Roman Nurik, has just been updated. There was a long gap in which Muzei didn't see too much in the way of updates, which had me concerned for a while. But, between the one back in February and today's, things look to be picking up. Read More
After over a year, Muzei is getting an official update. With Ian Lake taking over the reins, v2.3 brings a host of new features that Muzei users have been wanting for a long time. I don't want to spoil too much before we get into the changelog, so without further ado, let's dive in. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read 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. Read More
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.
Asus has shaken the gimmick up this time around. Read More