Theme Thursday: Android Version Live Wallpapers

Theme Thursday: Android Version Live Wallpapers

Aug 9, 2012

Note: Regular Theme Thursday columnist Joseph Bertolini is away this week, so editor Carter Dotson is stepping in.

This week on Theme Thursday, it’s all about rocking some wallpapers that are appropriate for that Android device’s OS. I don’t mean in terms of figurative compatibility, but literally. These are live wallpapers that celebrate our various different Android versions!

First up for us lucky folks already on Jelly Bean, is a live wallpaper from the ancient masters of the jelly bean, Jelly Belly. They have released a live wallpaper called Jelly Belly Jelly Beans Jar that turns any phone or tablet background into a jar of jelly beans. Tap on an empty space on the screen to spawn a random jelly bean, then tilt the device to watch them fly around. Gravity can be configured as well!

There are over 50 different jelly beans from the Jelly Belly flavor lineup as well, because what’s a Jelly Belly app without jelly bean flavors like chili mango, pomegranate cosmo, and Dr. Pepper?

Jelly Belly Jelly Beans Jar is a great fit for any device on Jelly Bean, like the Nexus 7. However, it supports 2.1 and higher, so even those stuck on earlier Android versions can feel the Jelly Bean love, staring wistfully at an Android upgrade that unfortunately may never come.

For those a version back on Ice Cream Sandwich, or those that are thinking that while things may be smoother on Jelly Bean, ICS’s logo was the bomb dot com, then there’s a live wallpaper celebrating that robotic dessert. Ice Cream Sandwich 3D Free puts a spinning 3D ICS logo as the wallpaper. As pages of the launcher are swiped through, the delicious-looking Bug Droid (the name of the Android logo guy) spins around. When the tablet is idle, he rotates around slowly. This works not just on Jelly Bean, but also on earlier versions, because ICS is still not on all the Android phones and tablets!

For all those poor souls still stuck on even earlier Android versions, then may I suggest this generic Bug Droid live wallpaper? Use it as a reminder of how cool Android is, even if that manufacturer and carrier won’t push out that update!

Theme Thursday: Live Wallpapers

Theme Thursday: Live Wallpapers

Jun 21, 2012

This week’s Theme Thursday will be different as I realized that because the “theme” of these posts were centered around launchers that only a small percentage of the Android community utilized. While launchers are one of the more popular ways of customizing a phone the amount of diversity in this field, with no clear-cut dominant app, severely limits the number of people that my weekly theme blog posts can affect. That is why this week I will be looking at something everyone can agree on, no matter what launcher is controlling the shots; live wallpapers. More specifically, Photile Pro by Joko Interractive.

Live wallpapers have a kind of negative connotation affixed to them by some as unnecessary battery hogs, but honestly, it is not as if a majority of my phone usage time is spent staring at my home screen; although with the right live wallpaper maybe now it will be. But for me, the battery life on my Evo 4G is not a main concern seeing as I am either in class, at work, or at my desk for most of the day which affords me a lot of time to have my phone charging or connected to my laptop, and I generally am responsible about keeping the data connections disabled and such. Using a live wallpaper will not create a catastrophic drop in battery life, and based off of some of the results from Photile, it is well worth it.

Anyone starting Photile Pro for the first time should take some time to look at the preset themes that come baked in as these are probably the best places to start. They come in a bevvy of designs, from simple fading hexagons to moving squares and popping circles. These can all be changed in the wonderfully simple and friendly customization menu that gives the user total control over every aspect of the design; ensuring that total satisfaction is always achieved. For best results, however, I would recommend downloading a high quality wallpaper off the internet or from another app, it is amazing what a stunning HD wallpaper combined with Photile Pro can do to a home-screen. I would also try to avoid adding too many effects because there was a tendency to bog down the home screen on my mildly powerful EVO 4G, but once those were taken care of the wallpaper ran, and still runs, smoothly.

All in all, Photile Pro is a tremendous app that will add a ton of flavor and personality to any Android smartphone, not just a select few. As with most premium apps, I would suggest picking up the free version to make sure this purchase is worth it, but I would say that, Photile Pro is a steal for just 99 cents.

Wallpaper Wednesday – Cars, Cars, and more Cars

Wallpaper Wednesday – Cars, Cars, and more Cars

Apr 6, 2011

Who doesn’t love a good wallpaper? They’re one of the first things we customize on our mobile devices. Some people pick one and stick with it, others change them like they’re TV channels. Wallpapers are as unique as the individuals who use them. They represent our moods, thoughts, ideals, and just plain insanity. I mean if it weren’t for wallpapers, app markets wouldn’t have the ludicrous numbers they so proudly boast.

Did you miss me? Probably not, huh? Well last week’s Wallpaper Wednesday was scratched due to my relentless search for a new vehicle. Long story short, I now have a new vehicle, and to celebrate the occasion I’ve decided to dedicate this week’s Wallpaper Wednesday to the automobile. Those vehicles we love to hate and hate to love. They get us where we need to go (sometimes) and empty our wallets faster than our wives/girlfriends (love you hun!). If you’re a car lover then you’ll want to check out some of these sweet automobile wallpapers that are sure to add a few extra horsepower to your device’s look.

Wallpaper Wednesday – Spring Is in the Air

Wallpaper Wednesday – Spring Is in the Air

Mar 23, 2011

Who doesn’t love a good wallpaper? They’re one of the first things we customize on our mobile devices. Some people pick one and stick with it, others change them like they’re TV channels. Wallpapers are as unique as the individuals who use them. They represent our moods, thoughts, ideals, and just plain insanity. I mean if it weren’t for wallpapers, app markets wouldn’t have the ludicrous numbers they so proudly boast.

Is it Wednesday already? So — I was told the other day that spring was officially here, then I woke up and it was snowing out!? This week on Wallpaper Wednesday we celebrate springs arrival (or non-arrival) with a few “springy” wallpapers along with the usual catalog of static randomness. Be sure to read our wallpaper fine print before planting a new one on your device and as always, if you have any suggestions, send them our way.

Wallpaper Wednesday – St. Patrick’s Day Edition

Wallpaper Wednesday – St. Patrick’s Day Edition

Mar 16, 2011

Who doesn’t love a good wallpaper? They’re one of the first things we customize on our mobile devices. Some people pick one and stick with it, others change them like they’re TV channels. Wallpapers are as unique as the individuals who use them. They represent our moods, thoughts, ideals, and just plain insanity. I mean if it weren’t for wallpapers, app markets wouldn’t have the ludicrous numbers they so proudly boast.

This week’s Wallpaper Wednesday is dedicated to all those shamrock picking, green beer drinking, leprechaun chasing Irish folk. In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, we’re going to feature some wallpapers that are sure to bring out the green in you. Put your Irish pride on display (literally) and remind people that “Andy” the Android just so happens to be GREEN — hmmm. Erin Go Bragh!

Wallpaper Wednesday – Beastly Sexiness, Doom and more…

Wallpaper Wednesday – Beastly Sexiness, Doom and more…

Mar 9, 2011

Who doesn’t love a good wallpaper? They’re one of the first things we customize on our mobile devices. Some people pick one and stick with it, others change them like they’re TV channels. Wallpapers are as unique as the individuals who use them. They represent our moods, thoughts, ideals, and just plain insanity. I mean if it weren’t for wallpapers, app markets wouldn’t have the ludicrous numbers they so proudly boast.

Here we are again. It’s Wednesday and we’re ready to give you some wallpapers. This week features a live wallpaper with a blast from the past. A few static wallpapers from the new tween movie sensation Beastly and our usual showcase of randomness to pick from. Give them a look, read the wallpaper announcements and instructions and turn your device into a unique reflection of your inner soul (say what?). Don’t like what we have, send us some suggestions. We love hearing from our readers!

Wallpaper Wednesday – A PongClock, Hello Kitty and more…

Wallpaper Wednesday – A PongClock, Hello Kitty and more…

Mar 2, 2011

Who doesn’t love a good wallpaper? They’re one of the first things we customize on our mobile devices. Some people pick one and stick with it, others change them like they’re TV channels. Wallpapers are as unique as the individuals who use them. They represent our moods, thoughts, ideals, and just plain insanity. I mean if it weren’t for wallpapers, app markets wouldn’t have the ludicrous numbers they so proudly boast.

Another week, another Wednesday, another wallpaper! Today we have a couple of live wallpapers that double as games, Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes and a selection of random static wallpapers to spruce up that boring screen you’ve been sporting. Check them out and be sure to leave any feedback along with any suggestions for future wallpapers to showcase. Enjoy!

Wallpaper Wednesday – A StickMan, GIR and more…

Wallpaper Wednesday – A StickMan, GIR and more…

Feb 23, 2011

Who doesn’t love a good wallpaper? They’re one of the first things we customize on our mobile devices. Some people pick one and stick with it, others change them like they’re TV channels. Wallpapers are as unique as the individuals who use them. They represent our moods, thoughts, ideals, and just plain insanity. I mean if it weren’t for wallpapers, app markets wouldn’t have the ludicrous numbers they so proudly boast.

Welcome back to Wallpaper Wednesday. After the Valentines Edition we took a week off but we’re back and ready to give you some new wallpapers. We have a stickman, a jumpgate, and a popular little character named GIR. We also have the usual randomness and set of instructions for getting these sweet wallpapers to work on your device. Check them out and be sure to leave any feedback along with any suggestions for future wallpapers to showcase. Enjoy!

Wallpaper Wednesday – Valentines Edition

Wallpaper Wednesday – Valentines Edition

Feb 9, 2011

Who doesn’t love a good wallpaper? They’re one of the first things we customize on our mobile devices. Some people pick one and stick with it, others change them like they’re TV channels. Wallpapers are as unique as the individuals who use them. They represent our moods, thoughts, ideals, and just plain insanity. I mean if it weren’t for wallpapers, app markets wouldn’t have the ludicrous numbers they so proudly boast.

This weeks Wallpaper Wednesday is a pink one! That’s right– in honor of Hallmark Valentines Day we have all the pretty hearts, pink backgrounds and chocolate to make a guy vomit. In this special Valentines edition of Wallpaper Wednesday I’m going to give you a couple cute wallpapers that are sure to land you a kiss, should you secretly load one onto your Android lovers phone.

Wallpaper Wednesday — An Aquarium, Super Bowl XLV and more…

Wallpaper Wednesday —  An Aquarium, Super Bowl XLV and more…

Feb 2, 2011

Who doesn’t love a good wallpaper? They’re one of the first things we customize on our mobile devices. Some people pick one and stick with it, others change them like they’re TV channels. Wallpapers are as unique as the individuals who use them. They represent our moods, thoughts, ideals, and just plain insanity. I mean if it weren’t for wallpapers, app markets wouldn’t have the ludicrous numbers they so proudly boast.

We’re now on our 4th installment and I might stop numbering them soon I swear. This week we use our phone as an aquarium, turn on hyperdrive and get ready for the Super Bowl.

Wallpaper Wednesday — VR Tunnel, Anime and more…

Wallpaper Wednesday — VR Tunnel, Anime and more…

Jan 26, 2011

Who doesn’t love a good wallpaper? They’re one of the first things we customize on our mobile devices. Some people pick one and stick with it, others change them like they’re TV channels. Wallpapers are as unique as the individuals who use them. They represent our moods, thoughts, ideals, and just plain insanity. I mean if it weren’t for wallpapers, app markets wouldn’t have the ludicrous numbers they so proudly boast.

Wallpaper Wednesday — Original Flurry, Transformers, and more…

Wallpaper Wednesday — Original Flurry, Transformers, and more…

Jan 19, 2011

Who doesn’t love a good wallpaper? They’re one of the first things we customize on our mobile devices. Some people pick one and stick with it, others change them like they’re TV channels. Wallpapers are as unique as the individuals who use them. They represent our moods, thoughts, ideals, and just plain insanity. I mean if it weren’t for wallpapers, app markets wouldn’t have the ludicrous numbers they so proudly boast.

Time for the second installment of Wallpaper Wednesday. Last week I had some NFL playoff team wallpapers and I’m sad to report that my Patriots decided not to show up to the game and ultimately lost <-- insert sad face. Today's installment features a flurry, a flame, and more than meets the eye.