Google's new live wallpaper measures your battery life, notifications, and network signal strength

Google's new live wallpaper measures your battery life, notifications, and network signal strength
Google Creative Labs has released a new live wallpaper that actually serves a purpose. Most Android users have avoided using live wallpaper because of the way they chew up battery life. While they looked cool when Android was first getting off the ground, most live wallpaper now seems dated and boring. But this new live wallpaper, called Meter, changes that.

Available now as a free download from the Google Play Store, Meter uses geometrical shapes to show you your battery life, network signal strength, and notifications. You can move the image around on the screen by turning or tilting your handset, and Meter will go through three visualizations each time you unlock your phone.

Check out Meter in action by watching the video below, and don't forget to view the slideshow. To download and install the free live wallpaper, click on the sourcelink. You might find the extra battery life that the live wallpaper eats, to be a small price to pay for the information you are seeing on your screen.




source: Meter (Android), Shayan Amir-hosseini via RedmondPie

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18 Comments

1. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Kool.

16. Jango

Posts: 376; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

Innovative.

2. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Interesting, but I'm not sure how much more useful it is than just looking at the status bar...

3. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I've had the live wall paper for the better part of a week now, it's actually kinda cool, the shapes increase and decrease in size based off of the signal strength or battery level of your device, and they move around based on the orientation of your phone. It's all pretty spiffy, but yeah, all that information can be found on the status bar.

8. Tizo101

Posts: 545; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

actually, if you are using a launcher with the ability to turn off the notification bar then this is interesting (like it is to me).

14. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Oh, I never considered that as a possibility. Cool idea.

4. charo98

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 11, 2015

"Geographical" shapes? Do you mean "Geometric" shapes, right?

5. King_bilo

Posts: 115; Member since: May 20, 2015

At first I thought I would be looking at a map of the USA for battery life and it would die when I was in new Mexico

11. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Welp, it's been seven hours and it hasn't been edited. He must've actually meant geographical. The notifications one DOES look a bit like Wyoming...

12. T....

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 02, 2012

:) +1

6. Hashed unregistered

Went to the Play Store, but it was incompatible with my device, I'm using an unlocked international Galaxy S5 G900F (snapdragon), can anybody please help me know what's the problem?

7. mostafawael.1998

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

Not available for my country :/

9. Penhoat

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

It's okay. It doesn't seem to be all that stable on WiFi when looking for the signal. Just acts up all weird. Gave it a 10 minute try.

10. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Meh.. This wallpaper isn't all that good or excitng

13. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Incompatible with all my devices, Galaxy S6 International, Nexus 7 2nd gen, Galaxy S4 AT&T

15. RuneMaster

Posts: 75; Member since: May 31, 2015

No interested.

17. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Crashing on my note 5.

18. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Wonder if TOA state you now grant Google the right to keep track of all of the above data it uses in the live wallpaper...

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