Saturday, March 12, 2011

AAQR: Photile Live Wallpaper (U)

Somewhat interesting, this turns your wallpaper into "tiles" that somewhat interacts with the touches, and randomly moves a little.

Rating: Try it

AAQR: Go Weather

Go Weather is a part of the GO Team's efforts, who previously brought you Go Launcher and Go SMS. Both are good products. Go Weather is no exception. It is a full weather updater that has a LOT of options. You get widgets (2x1, 4x1, and 4x2), live wallpaper with video or static weather pictures, updates for almost all major cities in the world, offline sync of weather, and much more.

If you want a good clock with weather, or just interesting in weather, you really should this one.

The only problem is this one eats up quite a bit of memory, as it loads up to THREE services (widget, live wallpaper, and updater) in the background.

Rating: Get it!
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Friday, March 11, 2011

AAQR: Two different "Honeycomb" live wallpapers (U)

First, I have to say, this one does NOT work.

Rating: Skip it

This one, on the other hand, doesn't do that much even though it has a huge size (for a LWP).

Rating: Try it (though it's leaning toward skip it)

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AAQR: Free Real 3D photobox Live Wallpaper (U)

Have a couple randomly floating and rotating "cubes" with a certain photo on it bouncing around. In the lite version, you have the "honeycomb" icon as the photo. Full version let you specify any photo.

Rating: Try it

Thursday, March 10, 2011

AAQR: IBM Watson Avatar LWP (U)

Love Jeopardy! or IBM's Watson? Here's a live wallpaper based on his avatar on Jeopardy!

It's actually pretty good, albeit a bit plain.

Rating: Tryit

AAQR: POV Live Wallpaper Demo (U)

POV LWP is an interesting idea. By using the accelerometer, it gives a very small shift of the background, giving you the illusion that the background is UNDER the screen. It's a little like looking at one of those lenticular "3D" pictures. Works better with icons on top so the "contrast" of different layers is emphasized.

The lite version has 5 pictures. The full version allow you to set your own pictures.

Rating: Try it!
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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

AAQR: Star Trek / Enterprise Live / Active Wallpaper (U)

A stylized delta shield, based on the Star Tre...Image via Wikipedia
This app can't decide what to call itself. It's "Enterprise" in the App Market. Once installed it's "Star Trek". And it has random Enterprises flying by... but the graphics are lousy, the sprites small, and not much animation.

Rating: Try it (Skip it if you're not a Trekker)
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AAQR: Dynamic Paint Live Wallpaper (U)

Dynamic Paint LWP basically is a combination random paint splotch with a bit of "drip" and transparency sim.

Looks pretty cool. You can even adjust the thickness of the paint (the default seem a bit too transparent)

Rating: Try it

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

UPDATED: Free Android Phone Utilities Roundup

Android robot logo.
Image via Wikipedia
Android Logo
Fixed up some minor details, now links to Android Data Usage Monitor Roundup

If you have an Android Phone, you should check out these free apps that I've personally used and found to be at least somewhat useful.
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AAQR: Test Image LWP (U)

If you remember color TV from way back when... They have a certain 'test image' they display to test fidelity of the reception. Someone turned that test image into an Android LWP with clock and date and such.

Rating: Skip it (unless you're nostalgic)
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AAQR: Basic Wall (U)

Basic Wall is very basic indeed... Clock, calendar, battery, etc. All in text. You can set a specific color as the background, and that's it. Simple, right? You can adjust font, size, vertical location, and so on.

Rating: Try it
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Monday, March 7, 2011

AAQR: Digital Lotus LWP (no longer available) (U)

Indian lotusImage via WikipediaDigital Lotus LWP generates lotus-flower type patterns in pastel colors on your desktop. It is somewhat relaxing, albeit a bit boring as there is little variation except in color.

Rating: try it

EDIT: WTF?! The free version is no longer available?
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AAQR: Fluidsim Live Wallpaper (U)

Fluidsim LWP basically has some water "particles" trying to pretend it's water. It's somewhat amusing, but there are other better "liquid sims" out there as LWP. In any case, it's not that interesting as they basically fall to the bottom and you see nothing behind the dock.

Rating: Skip it
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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Updated: Review and Roundup of now 39 different Home / Launcher Replacements

Yes, there are 39 different ones, and that's NOT counting a few paid ones that I don't review.

Added: Launcher 7 (clone of Windows Phone 7) and Android Seven Lite (clone of... Windows 7)

AAQR: Chicks Live LWP / Prom Live Wallpaper 2 (U)

A day-old chickImage via Wikipedia
Chicks Live LWP, also known as Prom Live Wallpaper 2 once you install it, is ANOTHER boring LWP where some chicks (that's little chickens) bounce off sides of the screen and float.

Rating: Skip it
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AAQR: Teddy Bear Bounce / Prom Live Wallpaper (U)

Teddy BearImage via WikipediaIn the market it's known as "Teddy Bear Bounce", but when you install it it's called Prom Live

Either way it's a very boring LWP... a couple teddy bears randomly float and bounce off sides of the screen.

Rating: Skip it
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AAQR: Psychedelic Live Wallpaper (U)

This one is a bit more interesting. Some random particles run around and hit edges, bounce, and create 'explosions' of colored circles. Your taps also create more 'explosions'. Soon the screen is covered with concentric and overlapping circles from the various 'explosions'.

Somewhat interesting.

Rating: Try it
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AAQR: Daylight Zone Live Wallpaper (U)

Similar to "World Clock", this displays where the sun and sunlight zone are shown on a global map.

The problem is the map is "stretched" to fit on a portrait orientation screen. So it doesn't look right.

Also, the LWP have some problem dealing with LauncherPro's "wrap-around" scrolling. There are quite a few refresh issues.

Rating: try it... it may work fine on yours
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