Smartphones are amazing tools that allow us to communicate, stay connected and be productive. There’s only one little problem. They all kind of look the same. Regardless of manufacturer or OS, almost every smartphone available is a bar-shaped device with a touchscreen. Of course, Android users can flash custom ROMs, and iOS users can jailbreak if they wish to modify the look of their device. Unfortunately, this often results in tossing your warranty out the window as well as a potentially bricked phone.
Luckily, Android users can spruce up the look of their devices in a few different ways. Custom launchers can dramatically transform the look and behavior of Android devices. However, if you like the look and feel of your current launcher, you can still add some personality without rooting or flashing new ROMs. The often forgotten wallpaper can inject some much needed flair into your Android experience. Have a look at some incredible eye-catching wallpaper apps you can try right now.
Planet Earth is truly majestic. With the Galileo app you can bask in the beauty of the natural world with gorgeous topographical photography. Galileo curates a large library of stunning high-res photographs of the surface of the Earth that can be applied as your device’s wallpaper. The app organizes the photos into collections including coasts, fields, deserts, mountains and cities. The number of photos currently available sits around one-hundred, however the app is being updated with new images.
While the name isn’t very inspired, Smart Wallpaper utilizes a simple idea. The Smart Wallpaper app allows users to set different wallpapers for different situations. Users simply open the app and select wallpapers to be automatically applied at certain times or when particular situations arise. For example, lets say you need to feed your four-legged friend when you get home from work. You can use Smart Wallpaper to apply a photo of your furry companion as your wallpaper at 5:00 PM to act as a reminder. You can even have a different wallpaper applied when you connect to different WiFi networks like home or work. Smart Wallpaper can inject some much needed variety into the Android experience with minimal effort.
Live wallpapers are visually stunning and can be a real conversation starter. Unfortunately, live wallpapers can chew up CPU processing power, resulting in serious battery drain. The Loopwall app gets around this problem in a pretty ingenious way. Instead of relying on animations, Loopwall uses GIFs. Since GIFs only have to be loaded once, they consume very little processing power. This enables you to have an animated live wallpaper without having to constantly worry about the status of your battery. The app comes with over two-hundred GIF animations ready to be used as your wallpaper, or you can add your own.
The appropriately named Chameleon Wallpaper changes color based on your surroundings. Users simply set Chameleon as a live wallpaper and launch the app. This will open your device’s camera app. Snap a photo of something in the environment, and the Chameleon app will analyse the colors of the object. The app will then apply those colors to your wallpaper automatically. The only downside is that the app only works with two pre-installed wallpapers styled after the default Lollipop and Marshmallow themes. However it is possible to create your own themes with a separate app called Kustom.
If you are a fan of dark backgrounds, then Blacker is a must try. With over 20 categories like cityscapes, abstract images and architecture, Blacker has a large collection of striking wallpapers. In addition to the eye-catching wallpapers, Blacker has the ability to conserve your battery if you have a device with an AMOLED display. AMOLED screens are known for the ability to produce blacker blacks. They are able to do this because AMOLED displays can actually turn off individual pixels resulting in a true black as opposed to the very dark greys produced by traditional LED screens. So if you are using a background with significant amounts of black, those portions of the screen will be switched off. This helps to save your battery and prolong the life of your device.
What are your favorite Android wallpaper apps? Do you use any of the ones we mentioned above? If so, let us know what you think of them!