Those of us who are constantly sitting before our computers or gazing upon our tablets understand how much better our interactive computer experience can be if we have some personalization, some customization, so that we don’t find ourselves feeling like computer-whipped slave drones. One of the easiest but most satisfying ways to achieve this personalization is through downloading live wallpapers.
The Best Live Wallpaper Apps for Android
Let’s look at some of the best live wallpaper apps to be downloaded today.
The Beautiful Widgets live wallpaper app has garnered a geeky reputation for being perhaps the best of the best at helping a user achieve the desired customization of the desktop, being the first paid-for app to be downloaded over 1,000,000 times. The “beautiful choices” available to you are numerous, and the app comes with a “beautiful” weather tracking program which features animated weather.
This is the highest level of the famous WeatherBug app. Real-time weather sensors give you the power to make up-to-the-minute decisions about or preparations for activity based upon what the weather is probably going to be doing. The Elite app additionally gives you live customizable tiles, a wide selection of background themes, slide-side navigation, and many other new exciting features including the raved-about Spark lightning alerts.
This app by Opotech allows you to take any image, including a photograph that you have taken yourself, and convert it into a 3D image to be used as your wallpaper. Powered by the high-res Jelly Bean 4.2 wallpaper pack, 3D Image also gives you adjustable movement options and super-responsive Parallax live wallpaper to play with.
If you’re a frequent flyer, this live wallpaper app is a must have. Everything from departure information given in real-time to gorgeous, zoomable maps for tracking real flights is here at your fingertips. Flight coverage is international.
If you’re into astronomy, or science fiction & fantasy literature and art, this live wallpaper app is perfect for you. Discover whole new galaxies, and see them animated! You can view them in 3D, or in real time, or in OpenGL.
Watching koi play in their little pond is a calming, meditative experience. Now, you can contemplate the play of the koi anywhere you go with this app. You can feed them and even startle them by “tapping” them, but you’ll never do them any harm and you won’t spend a dime on fish food. You can customize the pond by adding or taking away lilly pads and flowers.
Be the Stormbringer who conjures up a realistic thunderstorm at will with this app, which makes use of OpenGL to give you never-ceasing cloud movement in the background. If you want to summon the lightning, just tap the screen. There’s an array of customizable features including ambient lighting and wind speed. Create your own perfect storm, anywhere, anytime.
With an average user rating of 4.7 out of 5, this app enables you to make a charming digital paper cut outs landscape to scroll across your desktop. You can set it up so that dawn and dusk happen in real time correspondence to the place where you live. A wide array of customizable landscapes and cityscapes including some for the different seasons and for certain holidays makes this app even more satisfying.
Some say that the ocean is the new frontier. Well, now you can dive down deep into an exotic world of underwater life. Coral reefs, sunken ships, and a vast array of different fish and sea creatures give you enough options to create hundreds of different undersea environments. The hand-crafted, high-def animations are beautiful enough to get the Ocean HD app an average user rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars.
Is that enough live wallpaper for you? Your Android world can be just about anything you want it to be with astounding apps like those above.
Aaron Mills is a tech blogger and iPhone aficionado. He writes on behalf of Internet insurer Protect Your Bubble.