Spotlight: LoopWall for Android lets you use your favorite GIFs and cinemagraphs as live wallpapers


Developer: Audrius KonciusDownload: Android
Category: PersonalizationPrice: Free

There is no second way around that - customization is the bread and butter of Android. Although there's no way of knowing what the market share of Google's OS would have been if it was not that customizable from the get-go, we are pretty sure this contributed a lot. LoopWall, an app that has unfortunately flown under the radar for many a user, is definitely a proof that you can do anything in Android.

What LoopWall does is simple, but rather effective — it allows you to set a cinemagraph as a live wallpaper. Cinemagraph, if you didn't know, is just a fancy name for a high-res static image employing subtle motion, though technically these are nothing but well-looped GIFs. 

Many apps of the same kind exist, but the majority of these are not quite intuitive, require you to import your own GIF files or offer zero customization. LoopWall sets itself apart from these with the huge amount of high-quality cinemagraphs it boasts. Divided into 9 distinct categories (Abstract, Nature, Urban, Animation, Animals, Architecture, Food, Space, and Other), the app also lets you sideload your own GIFs, but you will likely stick with the default ones. 

Sourced from all around the interwebs, many of LoopWall's GIFs will likely satisfy the requirements of even the pickiest users, though it's worth noting that some of the arguably better-looking ones will become available after a one-time in-app purchase of $1.49.

You can customize the appearance of the GIFs with LoopWall - the scaling, the speed, and the background color could be set before you apply the GIF. 

As usual, be advised that LoopWall will consume a bit more battery than your regular, run-of-the-mill static wallpaper.

If you don't spend obscene amounts of time on your desktop you should be fine, but if you simply unlock your phone and stare at your glorious new live wallpaper for a long amount of time, then you're probably going to have a bad time, that's for sure!

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6 Comments

1. DavMor0069

Posts: 266; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

Customization and personalisation are the reasons I feel I would never switch to IOS. Phones are our most personal a device and they should feel and look as we pleased. Nearly everything else comes second to that (maybe software updates,but I upgrade yearly so anyways.

4. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

What I found interesting on Android out of the three is that it is the most similar to a PC. It eliminate the need of a computer up to certain extend. It don't ask me to connect for certain tasks. (My WP ask me to connect to a PC to delete the "other" from storage sense) Also it support wide variety of function (mass storage, no need for any dedicated software like iTunes, OTG support) and we can change things the way need them to be And yes customization. My home screen doesn't have any icons or app launcher. Its just a black blank screen. Fully works on gestures. double tap to launch app launcher, swipe left for dialler and right for messaging. I love it that way. :-) totally confusing for anyone but me :P I guess every platform has it's own con and pros. And I love switching platforms :) (i use cross platform apps so switching is no biggiee)

2. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 726; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

Precisely. Android goes deep with customization. I could never go to the dark side.

3. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

a beautiful way to drain your battery.... I'll try it since I still have 70-80% battery life to spare each day...

5. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

1999 wants it's wallpaper gif back.

6. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Plus that .swf wallpapers. Oh nostalgia!

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