Monday , June 18 2018

Wallpaper app Muzei gets a major update, giving users lots more choice

We first talked about Muzei two years ago when developer Roman Nurik released it in February 2014, and in the last twelve months, it didn’t see a lot of development. Muzei, you ask? Muzei is a live wallpaper which refreshes your home-screen each day with famous works of art. It also recedes into the background, blurring and dimming artwork to keep your icons and widgets in the spotlight. Simply double touch the wallpaper or open the Muzei app to enjoy and explore the artwork in its full glory.

Much of this functionality has found its way into other OEM skins, in different guises. Pixel phones come with wallpaper options that are similar, changing your wallpaper daily from various groups of photography, including cityscapes, satellite photos and more. Muzei, though, uses famous artwork to power its choices, though you can point it at any photo source and it will rotate those, too.

In this major update, we’re seeing a swathe of changes, including:

  • Updated core which offers increased reliability and less memory usage. In the past, Muzei was a bit heavy on resources.
  • The ability to add entire folders of photos/images to Muzei to use for daily fresh wallpapers.
  • Muzei can run before you’ve unlocked your phone, meaning fresh wallpapers on boot rather than after you log in.
  • The ability to share your preferred wallpapers with others, including past wallpapers, using an easy to browse history.

I remember rather liking Muzei when it was first released, and it might be time to give it another look to jazz up my home-screen wallpaper (but not my lock-screen, that’s always got the family on it).

Muzei Live Wallpaper
Muzei Live Wallpaper

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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