One of the things that makes Android a truly beautiful platform is customization. I’m not talking about custom ROMs or root mods; I’m talking about the fact that no other major mobile platform lets you customize your device the way Android does. There may be some caveats, but you have the ability to make your Android device completely unique. My wife hates using my Nexus 5 because it’s so different than her Moto X. Maybe that’s a bad thing; I’m not sure. But what I do know is that I have my Nexus 5 set up exactly the way I want it, and I love it.
My home screen looks awesome, and not only is it super functional, it’s also fun to use. The beauty of Android is that I can change it right now if I get a new idea (lately it has been changing daily). My home screen isn’t going to look like everyone else’s iPhone (although I could make it look like iOS if I wanted) or Windows Phone; my device looks like no one else’s because it’s Android.
This is the seventh part of a recurring series about making your Android device yours. Today I want to share a few apps for adding beautiful walls to your home screen. My goal here is to offer customization ideas that will work for all Android devices, whether you’re still running Gingerbread or you’re on the latest version of Android, KitKat. You don’t need to be rooted. You don’t need to be running a custom ROM. For custom wallpapers, you don’t even need to be running a third-party launcher. All you need is a little bit of time and an itch to change things. If that sounds like you, read on my friend. We’re going to have fun diving into the world of customization and making your device truly unique.
A good wallpaper can beautify any home screen. Lately, it’s been super apparent to me how clutch a good wallpaper is to making a home screen theme really pop. A couple of months ago, we talked about different ways to find killer wallpapers for your device. Today, we’re going to share several apps that put rad wallpapers in one easy-to-find place. One is free, and some artists offer free ways to access their work, but the apps that cost a couple of bucks are well worth it.
The process of applying the walls can be different depending on the device. However, if you own one of these apps, you can just go into the app, browse, select and apply the wallpaper directly from the app. They’re super easy to use.
Murum is latest and greatest app from popular Android themer, Ryan Kelly. It contains walls from Ryan’s former wallpaper apps, Fuzz and Poly, totaling a whopping 65 free walls. These walls include all different colors and geometric shapes. If you’re looking for a colorful minimalist setup at the price of zero dollars, you’d better give Murum a look. Murum was released on May 12, and Ryan’s already announced that more walls are on the way. Find Murum here.
Behang was introduced in the last installment of make your Android device yours. Ted Bates Jr.. aka Knokfirst, is extremely talented and has shared a huge amount of his work with us to make our home screens look awesome. It includes a huge list of different types of walls including polygon, blurred, photography and tons of other cool stuff that you just have to see for yourself. Knokfirst offers all his work for free on his website, knok.in, or you can purchase his app, Behang, for $2. I bought it right when it came out and I’ve loved having it. Knokfirst is an awesome artist and he adds more and more of his wall art all the time. In fact, he just added more yesterday. Find Behang here.
On May 9 Knokfirst and themer Richard Colon announced some awesome news. A new feature named BLink was added to Behang, allowing anyone to add their wallpaper collection to the Behang app as an extension. This means that in the future, you’ll likely be able to find walls from all your favorite themers and artists in one place. In fact, Murum has already been added as a BLink extension.
Making your home screen awesome has never been more convenient than with BLink. Richard Colon was the first person to take advantage of BLink with his wallpaper app, Noloc. This collection mostly includes blurred and filtered photography that look great on a home screen. I really enjoy the images of cool architecture and street art. Richard is adding walls to the collection often, making the price of $1.25 a steal. He also added new walls yesterday. Find Noloc here.
WlpapR is another wall app that I brought up in our last installment. This wallpaper art is brought to us by the talented Jacek Malinowski. What sets this pack apart from the rest is its awesome shots of nature and the sky. It includes the standard blur and polygon walls as well. Similar to Behang, if you’re too stingy to pay the $1.38 asking price or just want to see what’s offered, you can check out all the wlpapR walls from http://yackovsky.pl/wlpapr/. If you’re looking for something less geometric and industrial, wlpapR is definitely worth the look. Find wlpapR here.
Trinity Wallpaper Pack
From the popular themer who brought us Minimal and Click UI icons, Chris Morales aka Kxnt, we have the Trinity Wallpaper pack. This is a fantastic collection of 45 triangle-based wallpapers made from scratch. The pack also includes 10 big pixel pattern walls. If you like in-your-face colors and geometric shapes, check out Trinity Wallpaper pack for the price of a McChicken ($0.99). Find Trinity Wallpaper Pack here.
Faith is a fact. No, faith is a facet. I almost said faith is a fact. The fact is, Facets is only one buck and gives you access to Australian artist Justin Maller’s year-long “image per day” project. It’s difficult to describe the kind of awesome artwork found in this set. If you haven’t seen people use Facets yet, you really need to take a look. One image per day for a year equals 365 rad walls just for your phone. I have faith you won’t regret spending a dollar on Facets. Find Facets here.
So, where do you get your wallpapers? Which ones are you sporting on your device? There are probably lots of other great ways or apps to find wallpapers. If I’ve left out an app that you feel is worth mentioning, please comment below and let us know what you’re using and why you think it’s awesome. You can also use the HTML <img> tag and show us your home screen. We’ll continue to share other wallpapers and apps in the future. Thanks for reading, and don’t forget to let us know what topic you’d like to see covered in an upcoming edition of make your Android device yours.
All Nexus 5 setups in this post are using Action Launcher Pro, Zooper by Beard, and SoftKeyz Root. Setup 1: Banded Dark icons (just released yesterday), Murum wall. Setup 2: Faint icons (before 2.0 update), Behang Poly wall. Setup 3: Koogoo icons, Noloc wall. Setup 4: Bloom icons (on sale for $1), Behang Ready to Snap wall.