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Pattrn is the New King of Android Wallpaper Apps

One of the easiest ways to spruce up your homescreen is with a shiny new wallpaper. If you’re anything like me, you change your wallpaper constantly and are never truly content with what you have. With the launch of Pattrn, finding awesome images is now going to be a whole more entertaining. Pattrn is a very well-designed application that brings together a countless amount of community-created wallpapers that are inspired by patterns. No landscapes or cityscapes will be found here. It’s all about the patterns. 

Upon opening the app, you can decide whether or not you want Pattrn to choose a wallpaper for you and if so, how often it will change. When manually browsing the gallery, you can scroll through what the latest entries are, the popular section, and ones you have marked as favorites. When looking at an individual pattern, you can see each color used in that image and then refine your search based on a single color of your choice. For a wallpaper app, this is pretty revolutionary stuff right here.

This will certainly come in handy for our next “Show Off Your Homescreen” day. It’s free in Google Play so pick it up and let us know what you think.

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  • http://twitter.com/PhDasha ДЖО НЕ ДЕЛИТСЯ ЕДОЙ

    It looks really beautiful, loving it so far!
    I had a question about making my own pattern. Is there any chance of uploading one?

  • http://twitter.com/SleepyLunatic Jordan Scott

    I love pattrn. Been using it for a while now.

  • edmicman

    No one else just has a solid black background? Been using that since the beginning…thought I remember seeing something somewhere that showed it saving battery life, too.

    • http://www.facebook.com/neoman4426 Joe Miller

      I use “No Wallpaper”. and yeah, depending on the screen type it can save battery, a pure black background can drop the current draw 30mA on the Nexus One versus a typical image wallpaper according to the description of the app. that specific number probably isn’t relevant, as the differences in resolution and screen size and the like may increase it, but improvements in the technology may have decreased it some.

  • QQpayne

    Too messy, i like my home screen clean.

    • http://twitter.com/lucasratmundo Lucas Rocha

      See my tip posted below. I’m sure you can find smooth and clean patterns with Pattrn. It’s just about digging via search.

  • Yaooitsbrett

    King of girly wallpapers maybe

    • http://twitter.com/lucasratmundo Lucas Rocha

      There are tons of manly ones too :-)

    • derp

      needs more skulls, alien heads and flames?

  • EvanTheGamer

    Just downloaded it and so far, I really, really like it!

    Pattrn is bringing back patterned wallpapers! HELL yeah!!

  • wickets

    Nice app, clean and easy to use…thanks

  • EvanTheGamer

    Just downloaded it and so far, I really, really like it!

    The app is bringing back patterned wallpapers! HELL yeah!

  • http://twitter.com/lucasratmundo Lucas Rocha

    Pattrn creator here, thanks for sharing the love! Feedback is welcome :-) I would just like to highlight that Pattrn works beautifully on the Nexus 7 and other Android tablets.

    • floobmonsrake

      Good job on the app. Appreciate the Holo theme.

    • JoeyKhache

      Great work man. I’ve been showing pattrn to everyone I know and I see their wallpapers changing daily. Really nice!

    • Liquidretro

      I look forward to trying this on my tablet when I get home. It looks good on my phone. My question is how do I create my own?

      • http://twitter.com/lucasratmundo Lucas Rocha

        All the patterns in Pattrn come from the awesome COLOURlovers.com community. COLOURlovers provide tools to color an existing app (http://www.colourlovers.com/patterns/add) and create new ones (http://www.colourlovers.com/seamless). The tools a very simple to use.

        After you create a new pattern on the COLOURlovers website, you can search it in Pattrn and use it as wallpaper :-)

    • EvanTheGamer

      You, sir, are awesome! Great work and don’t listen to these damn naysayers, they don’t know a good app if it came up and hit ‘em in the face with a flying cat!

    • http://twitter.com/BlackTaxi2d Henry S

      this is so well designed. i love when developers follow ICS guidelines :D thank you for the great app!

    • http://twitter.com/gotteric Eric Gottlieb

      Loving the app so far! Any chance we can see more blurred patterns? I like these patterns but I tend to prefer less sharp ones for backgrounds

      • http://twitter.com/lucasratmundo Lucas Rocha

        I’ll be working to make the automatic wallpapers always work well with the app icons in your home screen. Right now, Pattrn might automatically use some patterns that a too busy. For now, I recommend exploring the existing patterns and building a collection of your favorites. I’m sure you’ll find tons of smooth and clean patterns :-)

    • michael arazan

      I like pattrn a lot, any chance of making pattern into a live wall paper with moving pattrns?

  • blind as a bat

    Wow some of those look like an eye test gone bad. I’ll pass

    • EvanTheGamer

      lol…blind as a bat…you can say that again, ’cause this app rocks!

    • Nitepsrson

      Couldn’t agree more. WAY too busy. I like Wallbase a lot better.

      • http://twitter.com/lucasratmundo Lucas Rocha

        Keep in mind that Pattrn gives you access to more than 200.000 patterns. Yes, some are busy (which some users love anyway) but there are tons and tons of clean and beautiful patterns. I personally prefer clean and subtle ones too.

        Here’s a tip for those who prefer clean wallpapers: search for keywords that will likely match your taste. For example, search “clean”, “abstract”, “stripes”, “subtle”, etc. Go through the results and mark the ones you like as favorites. This way you’ll gradually grow a list of pattern wallpapers that work well for you. You can then set Pattrn to automatically update your wallpaper (daily or weekly) using your favorite patterns.

        I’m frequently posting (clean) wallpaper suggestions on Twitter (@patternapp), G+ (https://plus.google.com/u/0/110533194180264135070/posts) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pattrnapp) by the way.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jason.hatherlee Jason Hatherlee

    These look like wallpapers from a 1986 model camper.

    • EvanTheGamer

      Your point?

      • http://www.facebook.com/jason.hatherlee Jason Hatherlee

        My point is simple..I like this app.

  • Michael_NM

    I don’t like it simply because I hate it when people try to get “cutsy” with spelling. Would it have killed them to include the “e” in pattern?

    • http://twitter.com/willdelaney Will Delaney

      You can’t trademark the word “pattern,”

      but you can with “Pattrn”

      It’s the same reason why the Sci-Fi channel is now “SyFy”

  • http://fujibayashi.jp/ Gasai Yuno

    Motorola’s default wallpapers are perfectly fine with me due to the readability of stuff that goes on top.

    • Michael_NM

      I suspect you’re in the almost silent minority there. Motorola and default are two words that should almost never be used together imho.

      • http://fujibayashi.jp/ Gasai Yuno

        Well, 2.3.3 Blur runs fine on my D2G and I even use the stock Home app (because I really like the widgets that come with Blur).

        But 2.2 Blur was horrible (not to mention battery life); I used CM7 back in 2.4.29/330 days.

  • SirSoloDolo

    I love free, idk why but i just do

  • scampcat

    I thought we got rid of pattern wallpapers after 1996.

    • John

      I wish

    • http://fujibayashi.jp/ Gasai Yuno

      Windows 95 with that square-ish pattern all over it. Hell yeah.

    • EvanTheGamer

      Pattrn is bringin’ ‘em back yo!

  • Inquizitor
    • John

      Ya Wallbase is pretty good. Zedge still isnt’ that bad either these days.

      • Inquizitor

        Never heard of it before, just checked it out. Seems interesting, but does more than just wallpaper and doesn’t seem to do any of them thaat well. I still prefer wallbase, but definitely another contender.

        • John

          Well it’s ringtones + wallpaper. It’s one of the better apps out there that does it. It’s been around for a long time, too, so not sure what it doesn’t do that well.

          • Inquizitor

            Meh. I just use my own music for ringtones or use an app like ringtonium, so that’s not a really important feature for me.

      • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

        Zedge is great for ringtones and notification sounds, but wallbase is way better for wallpaper.

    • ChuckDz3

      Yep I was just coming here to post about wallbase. Hands down the best wallpaper app.

    • floobmonsrake

      It was made for gingerbread though…

    • patapongirl

      I use Wallbase on my computer too. THE best collection of wallpaper for any device

    • http://twitter.com/lucasratmundo Lucas Rocha

      Wallbase is great too. Consider Pattrn as another good option when looking for your next wallpaper :-)

  • http://www.kovdev.com/ koveleski

    Depending on the patterns, this could be extremely good or bad.