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Nexus Dreams (Added daydream support in Nexus Live Wallpaper)

Sep 3 13
by mat

To celebrate getting over 3 million downloads, I pushed another update to my livewallpaper. This update adds supports for “dreams”. A dream in android is similar to a screensaver that is optionally display while a device is either charging, docked or both. It looks like the image below:

Nexus Dreams

Nexus Dreams

To turn on dreams on your device go to settings, display, daydreams.

Nexus Dreams

Nexus Dreams

You can download Nexus Revamped from the Google play store below:

Free Version

Android app on Google Play

Pro Version

Android app on Google Play

Nexus Revamped updates (1.98.14)

Jul 23 11
by mat

Wallpaper has now past 600,000 downloads ^_^ and thought I should blog about the recent changes.

I made a promo image for the wallpapers that should be visible on the market place any time now. I have limited art skills so this is the best I could come up with:

Nexus Revamped promo image

Nexus Revamped promo image

Jazz-hands (multi-touch)

I managed to fix a bug with multi-touch in my code, thanks to this question on stackoverflow. This now means that my wallpaper will work with up to 10 fingers or “jazz-hands”. This also fixes some of the crashes that were occurring on devices with 3.1 and up.

Save / load themes

I’ve also added the option for users to save their own themes so that if you have a few you like you don’t have to keep changing all the settings back and forth. This is also a step towards the next update I have planned whereby users can upload/download themes with a rating system and all the junk.

Save custom themes

Save custom themes

Better tablet / honeycomb support
I’ve added several improvements for large screen devices / tablets, the whole wallpaper is scaled effectively so that it no longer is just a giant zoomed in version of the phone wallpaper, and multiple more graphical changes to improve usability.

Nexus Revamped on a xoom

Nexus Revamped on a xoom

Android Market Links
Either click the following android market links (in android phone) or search the market for nexus revamped.
Pro Version
Nexus Revamped Pro Live Wallpaper (com.stealthcopter.nexusrevampedpro)

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Free Version

The free version is the same as the pro version but with some of the fancier features are missing, and some non-intrusive adverts. Both versions are fully supported.

Nexus Revamped Live Wallpaper (com.stealthcopter.nexusrevamped)

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Full changelog (since last blog post at version 1.98.01)

1.98.14

  • Bug Fix: Multi-touch force close bug fixed
  • Improved: Due to above bug fix, multi-touch now supports more fingers. This is great for tablets with ‘jazz hands’ support (more than 5 fingers!)
  • Added: Ability to save custom themes (Preset > User)
  • Added: Red Grid theme
  • Improved: Thumbnail images in preset menu scaled to screensize

1.98.12

  • Added: New & exciting Color changer dialog!
  • Added: Loads of new textures, try adding a background tint to make these more personal!
  • Added: German translation (thanks Steven!)
  • Added: Danish translation (thanks Johan!)
  • Added: Russian translation (thanks Dmitry!)
  • Added: Licence information
  • Improved: Transparent theme consistent throughout all settings now
  • Improved: Wallpaper changes scale based on screensize to better suit tablets etc.
  • Improved: Honeycomb background was a bit shoddy, fixed!
  • Improved: Icons/gfx more suitable for range of screensizes
  • Improved: Background tints are applied once on bitmaps rather than every frame, saving cpu time :)
  • Removed: Some unused functions and boring code
  • Bug Fix: Appearance bug in changelog fixed (doh!)

1.98.10

  • Added: Spanish translation (thanks Hector!)
  • Added: Swedish translation (thanks Joar!)
  • Added: Preset option for quick setting of common themes
  • Help me: if you want to add translations please email me!
  • Added: Added a cool carbon fibre background option!
  • Added: Differentiation between market places
  • Bug Fix: When configuring livewallpaper via launcher pro or similar some settings were not automatically updated
  • Bug Fix: Email in the about section will actually fill in my email address, surprise nobody spotted this sooner! Also added some information into each email to help me with issues.

1.98.09

  • Bug Fix: Minor bug in revert to default settings
  • Bug Fix: Minor bug in open application from market or settings

1.98.08

  • Added: Power saver in the reactions menu, can make the wallpaper static when battery reaches a certain percentage.
  • Added: Norwegian translation added (thanks Dan!)
  • Added: Obfuscation for improved efficiency and to help decrease piracy
  • Bug Fix: Glow size was forgotten on screen power off

1.98.07

  • Added: Particle scaling, like the Nexus S live wallpaper
  • Improved: Got sexy transparent menus working again, enjoy!
  • Improved: Dialogs look better on small screens and with different orientations; some screens are now scrollable in the next version this will be replaced with a better solution :)
  • Moved: Disable analytics is now in advanced menu
  • Bug Fix: Fixed a FC bug
  • Bug Fix: Using a custom background then renaming the file will no longer cause a FC

1.98.05

  • Added: Option to display FPS on screen (Advanced > FPS)
  • Added: Rotation on battery level
  • Bug fix: Memory leak from using custom backgrounds fixed (hopefully)
  • Bug fix: When Multi-touch option was disabled normal touch would not function
  • Improved: Code backend made more efficient by combining some classes
  • Added: Cool new background called “The Grid”

Nexus Revamped Live Wallpaper: Update 1.98.01 (Multi-touch and more!) #android

Feb 1 11
by mat

To celebrate getting over 1/4 million downloads of my live wallpaper I decided to put extra effort into fixing problems some of my users were having. A common gripe with live wallpapers is the amount of battery they use and the associated performance hit when navigating on the home screen. I used to use java drawables to create and manipulate all of the particles on the screen, but I have successfully moved over to OpenGL-ES. This has an impressive benefit in performance (back of the envelope calculation shows >13x performance increase) and also improves the overall sexyness as OpenGL handles the blending nicely.

Anyway enough of the boring stuff, let’s see what’s new. Something I’m REALLY excited about (hence the caps) is multi-touch! It is so much fun just playing with a blank home screen creating particles! Unfortunatly this isn’t something which translates well into a screenshot, so you’ll just have to try it out for yourself.

Nexus Revamped 1.98.01 screenshot

Nexus Revamped 1.98.01 screenshot


New Particle Appearance Screen

New Particle Appearance Screen

I’d like to thank all of my beta testers for the very helpful feedback I have got over the past couple of weeks. There is much more to mention but I am now absolutely knackered. I’m sure I’ll follow this post up soon with some more interesting things. Enjoy!

Changelog

1.98.01

  • Improved: Now using OpenGL to draw the live wallpaper, which should give approximately a 16x performance increase (awesome eh?)
  • Added: MULTI-TOUCH!!! :O
  • Improved: Lowered file size from over 1Mb to less than 300Kb
  • Added: Option to not spawn particles when dragging / swiping across screens etc, set by default
  • Added: Anayltics see which areas need improving
  • Added: Sexy Particle appearance dialog to set saturation and tail length
  • Removed: Tail length and particle saturation (see above)
  • Added: Custom colors for battery level colored particles
  • Added: Speed now allows you to set the minimum and maximum speed
  • Removed: Removed speed deviation (see above)
  • Improved: Scaling can go negative now (i.e. shrinking)
  • Improved: Lots of default values changed to make prettier on first run
  • Improved: Speed and Spawning decoupled from FPS settings, should be uniform now
  • Improved: Max FPS setting now 80 (25 is recommended still)
  • Improved: Max speed increased
  • Improved: Max tail size increased
  • Improved: Max particle number increased
  • Improved: Added some nice icons in the about menu
  • Bug Fix: Particle alignment works more consistently on different screen sizes and scales

Android Market Links
Either click the following android market links (in android phone) or search the market for nexus revamped.
Pro Version
Nexus Revamped Pro Live Wallpaper (com.stealthcopter.nexusrevampedpro)

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Free Version

The free version is the same as the pro version but with some of the fancier features are missing, and some non-intrusive adverts. Both versions are fully supported.

Nexus Revamped Live Wallpaper (com.stealthcopter.nexusrevamped)

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Looking for beta testers for nexus revamped android livewallpaper

Jan 19 11
by mat

So my livewallpaper just got over 250,000 downloads and what better way to celebrate than a massive update/improvement? Previously I was using java drawables to create my livewallpaper and although easy it was inefficient. I have now moved the code over and am using OpenGL ES to draw the particles which means (by a back of the envelope calculation) that I have got a 16x performance increase. This equates to no lag/delay when performing actions on the home screen (swiping left/right, opening draw, dialogs etc.). Importantly it also means that battery life will be improved. I will probably add a few posts on OpenGL android tips specifically for people moving away from java drawables, and links to a few good tutorials.

AND guess what else??? I’ve added multi-touch! Unfortunately as exciting as it is, it doesn’t translate well into a screenshot so you’ll just have to try the beta or wait for the release on the market.

How do I sign up for this awesome beta?
Just send me an email (beta at stealthcopter.com) or leave a comment below with a valid email (it wont be displayed on-site) and I’ll add you to my beta testers mailing list.



Android Market Links (FOR OLD VERSION, NOT FOR BETA)
If you don’t fancy the beta, but still want to install the livewallpaper you can install the old version and wait for the update (probably about 1 to 2 weeks away) either click the following android market links (in android phone), scan the QR codes or search the market for nexus revamped.
Pro Version
Nexus Revamped Pro Live Wallpaper (com.stealthcopter.nexusrevampedpro)

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Free Version

Nexus Revamped Live Wallpaper (com.stealthcopter.nexusrevamped)

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Nexus Revamped Pro Live Wallpaper 1.1.16 update #android

Sep 14 10
by mat

Nexus Revamped Pro has just been updated to version 1.1.15 and with that come lots of exciting new features as well as many bug fixes!

1.1.16 Changelog

Minor update to fix a few bugs and add a few more things I did have time to include in the previous update. Should also increase performance and reduce FC/OOMs

  • Added: Particle glow saturation (Particle > Saturation) to control the saturation of the glow around the particles
  • Added: Added a preview of how the particle will look in the saturation dialog
  • Added: Some people prefered the old particle look so I have added two buttons on the saturation to reset these values to either original nexus like (original) or like my previous ones (revived)
  • Moved: More apps and Feedback are now under the Developer option
  • Improved: Parallax and scale are no longer marked as experimental
  • Bug Fix: Particles sometimes not properly aligned to grid on preview
  • Bug Fix: Improved bitmap loading performance loads this should also get rid of most the FC/OutOfMemory errors
  • Bug fix: Battery effects only started working once a battery update was given, now they work instantly!
  • Bug Fix: Particle glow circle was truncated, now fixed!
  • Bug fix: Touch location when using scale is fixed (still need to fix rotation)

New Saturation Options

This is in addition to the other particle options (tail length and custom colors) you can now completely customise how the particles look with the new saturation settings. Some users disliked the change I made to more closely resemble the original design wallpaper by romainguy so I had added an option to choose between one like his particles (original) and like my previous particles (revived).

New saturation options in nexus revamped pro

New saturation options in nexus revamped pro

Performance
I have improved the way in which bitmaps are used which should take up far less memory. This will likely prevent the OutOfMemory errors some people were getting and remove the change of a force close. I have tinkered with a few other things which should provide better performance.

Video
I have put off the video until this version was released so this should be along shortly (the first videovideo is very outdated now)

Android Market Links
Either click the following android market links (in android phone) or search the market for nexus revamped.
Pro Version
Nexus Revamped Pro Live Wallpaper (com.stealthcopter.nexusrevampedpro)

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Free Version

So the free version is a few versions behind the pro version and some of the fancier features are missing, I am constantly improving both so don’t worry if you don’t want to shell out £0.99 for an app.

Nexus Revamped Live Wallpaper (com.stealthcopter.nexusrevamped)

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Future
I have plans and ideas for the future of this application, please complete the poll below to indicate what you’d like to see in this app or leave feedback (comment) if you have any.

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Nexus Revamped Pro Live Wallpaper 1.1.15 update (Exciting features update)

Sep 8 10
by mat

Nexus Revamped Pro has just been updated to version 1.1.15 and with that come lots of exciting new features as well as many bug fixes!

So Whats new?

This is a massive update and I have added many features, I have tonnes more ideas for things to include next. Please send me an email if there is anything you’d like or if you spot any problems! Enjoy!

  • Added: EXPERIMENTAL Parallax option to have background scrolling effect and modify its magnitude
  • Added: EXPERIMENTAL Rotation option to rotate the entire foreground (Physics > Rotation)
  • Added: Darkness slider to all color dialogs, you now use the darkness slide.
  • Added: Choice between 1, 2 and 4 custom particle colors, so you don’t have to bother filling them in if you only want 1 or 2 colors
  • Added: EXPERIMENTAL to scale the size of the live wallpaper (Physics > scaling)
  • Removed: Tint colors on non-image backgrounds, they are pointless now you can select all possible colors and are hence disabled for performance benefits
  • Removed: Alpha slider from some color dialogs, you should now use particle saturation to change the alpha
  • Moved: Touch interaction is now in the Reactions menu.
  • Improved: Particle saturation can now be set for the head and the tail individually
  • Improved: Changed the look of the particles should be more similar to the original wallpaper
  • Improved: Changed some default values (Speed deviation, Particle saturation)
  • Improved: Background color now uses a color dialog
  • Improved: Made changelog text smaller
  • Improved: How particle saturation works, it now affects the particle and trail properly
  • Improved: Custom background images are now resampled to use less memory, should cause less force closes and lower memory usage. Also added a protection in to alter user when there was a memory error rather than force closing
  • Improved: Custom particle colors selection now shows the color next to each option. Makes it a bit nicer I think :)
  • Bug fix: Background tints now work properly on backgrounds / custom backgrounds, and are also more efficient
  • Bug fix: Density is more consistent now, not reliant on particle speed
  • Bug fix: Tails didn’t always decay to completely transparent
  • Known bug: Disabling static foreground will cause particles to “fall” off the grid :(
  • Known bug: Large rotation values can cause particles to spawn on screen
  • Known bug: Licencing server issues when data connection not avaliable

Some are marked as experimental as I’ve tested them, and my beta testers have had a play but still need to be tried and tested, go wild! and let me know of any problems.

Walkthrough of some of the new and the more interesting settings

Custom Particle Colors

Follow this like a story board, left to right top to bottom. Shows the process of selecting custom colors

Follow this like a story board, left to right top to bottom. Shows the process of selecting custom colors

Custom Backgrounds

Setting a custom background image

Setting a custom background image

Battery Reactions
The live wallpaper has the ability to react to the battery status either changing the particle colors or the speed of the particles.

Option to change colors based on battery level. (Right to left, top to bottom: 100%, 75%, 50%, 25%, 0% battery capacity)

Option to change colors based on battery level. (Right to left, top to bottom: 100%, 75%, 50%, 25%, 0% battery capacity)

Scale (Experimental)
A few users asked if they could have an option to scale the wallpaper to larger sizes, so here you go!

Nexus Revamped Pro 1.1.15 scaling settings and examples

Nexus Revamped Pro 1.1.15 scaling settings and examples

Saturation

Change the saturation of the particles heads and tails

Change the saturation of the particles heads and tails

Parallax (Experimental)
Parallax or the scrolling of the background at a different rate to the foreground is a difficult effect to demonstrate well in a photo so please wait for the video to see a preview of this.

Rotation (Experimental)
Rotate the grid of the foreground, particles will no longer be aligned to the grid but I think it looks kinda funky.

Nexus Revamped Pro 1.1.15 rotation setting

Nexus Revamped Pro 1.1.15 rotation setting


Nexus Revamped Pro 1.1.15 rotation

Nexus Revamped Pro 1.1.15 rotation

Changelog
Now you can know what’s up.

Changelog, no more wondering what I've been doing!

Changelog, no more wondering what I've been doing!

Restore default settings
Safety button to lose all settings.

Don't worry about experimenting with settings you can always reset

Don't worry about experimenting with settings you can always reset

Video
I am still planning on posting a video soon (when I get some free time) to demonstrate the app as it has improved significantly since the first video.

Android Market Links
Either click the following android market links (in android phone) or search the market for nexus revamped.
Pro Version
Nexus Revamped Pro Live Wallpaper (com.stealthcopter.nexusrevampedpro)

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Free Version

So the free version is a few versions behind the pro version and some of the fancier features are missing, I am constantly improving both so don’t worry if you don’t want to shell out £0.99 for an app.

Nexus Revamped Live Wallpaper (com.stealthcopter.nexusrevamped)

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Future
I have plans and ideas for the future of this application, please complete the poll below to indicate what you’d like to see in this app or leave feedback (comment) if you have any.

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Nexus Revamped Pro Live Wallpaper 1.1.11 update

Aug 10 10
by mat

With version 1.1.11 I’ve brought it up to 27 revisions since the original wallpaper by issuing another update (This follows from my previous updates in this post)

Whats new?
I have now added a changelog to the application, viewable by clicking on the version number, so now there is no mystery to what the update contains!

  • Added changelog
  • Added reset to defaults button
  • Moved reaction to battery level to a new submenu ‘Reactions’, more coming soon!
  • Changed default value of maximum particles to 100 to make application more responsive to people who like spamming the screen
  • Renamed ‘Static background’ to ‘Static foreground’ to more accurately reflect it’s purpose. This has also been moved to the particle settings menu and changed it’s default value to true to improve performance.

Video

I am still planning on posting a video soon (when I get some free time) to demonstrate the app as it has improved significantly since the firstvideo.

Android Market Links
Either click the following android market links (in android phone) or search the market for nexus revamped.
Pro Version
Nexus Revamped Pro Live Wallpaper (com.stealthcopter.nexusrevampedpro)

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Free Version

Nexus Revamped Live Wallpaper (com.stealthcopter.nexusrevamped)

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Future
I have plans and ideas for the future of this application, please complete the poll below to indicate what you’d like to see in this app or leave feedback (comment) if you have any.

What would you like to be added next to nexus revamped pro?

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Nexus Revamped Pro update v1.1.10 (google android live wallpaper)

Aug 5 10
by mat

I have issued a MASSIVE update for my Nexus Revamped Live Wallpaper Pro (This follows from my previous updates in this post)

Images

The gallery below first shows the options avaliable, some examples, and then some examples used with launcherpro. Click on each image to see a larger version, as these images are cropped.

I will post a video soon to demonstrate the app as it has improved significantly since the first video I have made.

New Features
This version includes some very exciting and highly demanded features:

  • Custom particle colors: Use a color wheel to select custom colors for each of the particles
  • Performance options: You can now adjust the desired FPS (frames per second) of the live wallpaper, this means that you can save battery life and increase responsiveness of your home screen. To find the optimum FPS I recommend that you try reducing the frame-rate until the point where you start to notice some jittering then increase it slightly.
  • Custom background images: Select a custom image to be used for the background.
  • Speed Deviation: You can now set how much the speed will deviate on a per-particle basis. A low setting will mean all particles travel at similar speeds whereas a high setting will mean there is a large amount of variance in speed (particles will overtake each other)
  • Reaction to battery level: Selecting this will cause the particles speed to represent the battery life of your phone. The less power your phone has the slower the particles will move.
  • Seekbar settings: Many of the settings (Speed, Speed Deviation, Tail length, FPS, and Saturation) which previously had a list to choose the values have been replaced with seekbar to allow improved customisation
  • New themes: please email me with more theme requests
  • Many bug fixes: Especially one that stopped custom background from working when rebooting the phone (reset settings to defaults), this was because the SD card isn’t ready when the live wallpaper starts.

I have also also pushed most of the updates down to the free version of this application, but some options are left out to reward the paying customers (custom background images, and custom particle colors)

Android Market Links
Either click the following android market links (in android phone) or search the market for nexus revamped.
Pro Version
Nexus Revamped Pro Live Wallpaper (com.stealthcopter.nexusrevampedpro)

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Free Version

Nexus Revamped Live Wallpaper (com.stealthcopter.nexusrevamped)

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Future
I have plans and ideas for the future of this application, please complete the poll below to indicate what you’d like to see in this app or leave feedback (comment) if you have any.

What would you like to be added next to nexus revamped pro?

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Polygon live wallpaper

Jul 21 10
by mat

Following the success of my first live wallpaper (Nexus Revamped Pro) I have created another. The wallpaper bares similarity to the windows screensaver mystify but much more ascetically pleasing.

Features

  • Background color
  • Polygon color or cycle through a range of colors
  • Line thickness
  • Number of apexes
  • Number of trails
  • Speed of movement
  • Performance settings, anti-aliasing and Frames per second (FPS)
  • More to come soon, feel free to request something!

Images

Video

Market Links

Polygon Live Wallpaper (com.stealthcopter.polygon)

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Nexus Revamped (free) updated (live wallpaper)

Jun 22 10
by mat

Following the update of nexus revamped pro, I have upgraded the free edition! This upgrade brings many improvements over the last version and should have a considerable performance increase, therefore less lagging and better battery life.

Nexus Revamped Live Wallpaper in action

Nexus Revamped Live Wallpaper in action

Below details what options the Nexus Revamped Live Wallpaper now has to offer:

Theme options

Nexus Revamped Live Wallpaper Theme Settings

Nexus Revamped Live Wallpaper Theme Settings

Background Themes

  • Image – Choose a background image
  • Single Color – Choose a background color

Background Options

  • Background Tint – Give the chosen background a colored tint

Particle Themes

  • Multi-color – Choose a mutli-color theme for the particles
  • Single Color – Choose a single color theme for the particles

Physics Settings

Nexus Revamped Live Wallpaper Physics Settings

Nexus Revamped Live Wallpaper Physics Settings

  • Touch interaction – Enables/disables finger pressing causing spawning of particles
  • Hide spawning – Enables/disables particles only spawning offscreen
  • Speed – Choose the speed of the particles
  • Spawn Density – Choose how often particles are created

Enjoy!

Nexus Revamped Live Wallpaper (com.stealthcopter.nexusrevamped)

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