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3D Image Live Wallpaper for Android Takes the Mystery Out of iOS’s New Parallax Effect


One of the snazzy new features that iOS 7 users will be able to take advantage of once Apple has released it, is a sweet 3D-like homescreen/wallpaper. When titling your iOS device, the homescreen icons will appear to move around, allowing you a different viewing angle of whatever wallpaper is set behind them. It’s definitely neat, but definitely not new, either.

As pointed out on Android Guys, there’s already an app for that for Android! 3D Image Live Wallpaper allows for this same affect, enabling users to place any custom image as their wallpaper and get that same 3D effect that is shown off on iOS 7.

The app costs just $1.60 and after trying it out myself, will admit that it gives off a pretty cool effect to say the least. Make sure to pick it up so that when your iOS friends start trying to show off this Fall, you can say you’ve had it the whole time. Wink, wink.

And if you want a look similar to that of iOS 7, here is a wallpaper to plug into 3D Image.

Play Link ($1.60)


Via: Android Guys

  • Amar a.amaralinga reddy

    Hi.. I really love this wallpaper.Even i found few more best wallpapers here:


  • K

    Parallax effects have been used in early 2D games to create illusion of depth… It dates back to at least 10 years ago while I was playing Super Mario Bros on SNES. Some certain smart guy came up with the idea of using this on mobile phones, either Android or jailbroken iPhones. By the way, the credit should go to THAT GUY who actually came up with the idea, not AN ORGANIZATION like Apple or Android. Poor thing.

    By integrating it into iOS, Apple’s real contribution is to bring it to the surface (i.e. normal users who never bother going out discovering innovations-scattered-on-the-net themselves — how many have heard of this before WWDC?). Whether that is a big contribution or not, well …

  • carlcarlson

    “you can say youโ€™ve had it the whole time. Wink, wink.”
    Pathetic. Sums this place up. If I tell you something is black, you will tell me it is white, right?

    • While I hate that many fan sites (Apple or Android) promote the Us vs. Them mentality, it is just saying there is little that iOS can add that Android hasn’t already done or can do currently. Truth hurts.

  • Andre Richards

    Wow. Android fans are getting seriously defensive about iOS 7. (Really? Nitpicking the origins of a gimmicky wallpaper effect?!) Apple may have hit some nerves with this one.

  • artsr2002

    Hey, I have a question. This looks like a JellyBean ROM on that tablet and yet some of the popup windows and the highlight is still yellow instead of Holo blue and look like the ones from back in the day. How come this happens. I’ve noticed this on some of the ROMs that I install on my S3. Some of the screen elements are still old school and I have to install a JB theme in order to get rid of them. Why are these old components still showing up in JellyBean ROMs.

  • GM

    not working for me on my droid 4

  • Truth

    You guys are funny. Let’s find the truth together.
    Apple didn’t invent the parallax effect – it’s true. Android app you mentioned, didn’t invent it to. They just steal the idea and sell it in the Google Play. Who invented parallax effect then? I don’t know..But i do know 2,5 years ago there was a cydia app with parallax effect: watch?v=bCc5oar7gik

    You can see from the comments that at the moment it was released, there was no android alternative of this app. Thus android brings nothing new, and even if apple took idea from cydia, they had explicit rights for it.

    • chris420o

      you mad bro?

      • Andre Richards

        You denying reality, bro?

        • chris420o

          you mad

  • @Whatadogsees

    Incompatable with the Bionic?

  • I felt like 2008 with my touch diamond when I saw that ๐Ÿ˜‰ http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=425216

  • NotMuchNewFromAppleLand

    I’ve had GyroSpace 3D Live Wallpaper on my Asus Infinity tablet for quite some time now. It has that same parallax effect as you tilt your device around. Apple is just taking things from the Android ecosystem at this point.

    • Michael Harrison

      Too bad the Android apps took it from a old iPhone jailbreak app back in the 3G/3Gs days, lol

      • FknTwizted

        aren’t you too young to own a apple? ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • Michael Harrison


          • FknTwizted

            watch windows 8 commercial about Samsung vs apple… you’ll get the comment.

          • Michael Harrison

            oh, I avoid everything microsoft like the plague, lol.

          • FknTwizted

            (Face Palm)

          • Michael Harrison

            lol, I don’t have Apple either ๐Ÿ˜‰
            Phone and Tablet are Android running CM10.1
            Computers are Debian and Arch Linux. No Apple here.

  • Michael Harrison

    This was also a jailbreak app on iPhone years ago. I had it on my 3G. So yeah….it isn’t an android invention either. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Daistaar

    Feel like I’ve been able to do this since Sense 3 on the Rezound…

  • Eye4Detail

    “…when your iOS friends start trying to show off this Fall, you can say youโ€™ve had it the whole time.”

    Actually, I HAVE had it this whole time. I got to laugh as I was watching WWDC and this “new” feature was announced while I was looking at my home screen (with this LWP enabled).

    • TylerChappell

      Me too! And I think it was Droid-Life that first did a write-up on this app several months ago. I went and bought it as soon as I read their article and was just sitting there smh when they showed it.

    • carlcarlson

      But this isn’t an App. It’s the entire OS, the whole time.

      • Eye4Detail

        You should go back and re-read the article. This is, in fact, an app. It’s a live wallpaper, not an operating system.

        • carlcarlson

          Yes, I agree, the iOS7 Parallax isn’t an app. However, this Android thing is an app. There’s a massive difference.

          • Eye4Detail

            Well…not really. The parallax wallpaper is an app. It’s what’s known as a system app (just means it’s baked in to the OS). The live wallpaper function in Android is a system app as well, it just has added functionality (e.g. allowing you to run third-party live wallpapers like this one).

            There is no real functional difference between the two. Both function as active (rather than static) backgrounds, both can respond to user input and both can run behind “transparent” apps (which is a really cool effect that I wish more app devs would use…maybe now they will…gotta love the benefits of stiff competition).

            Anyway, I’m glad you guys are getting this feature. It looks as though it’s being implemented well. Enjoy.

          • wmweldon

            Get [email protected]

  • Eric

    I’ve had something like this before on iOS as a jailbreak tweak and as a live wallpaper on Android….nothing new.

  • ARP

    There’s a pretty good chance I’ll be switching to iOS when the new iPhone is out. Looks like it’ll finally drag me away after having had 6 Androids.

  • Defenestratus

    I think that I had this like two years ago on my droid x. Works really well with raindrop on glass background images.

  • Adam Medina

    Apple didn’t invent it neither did any android dev. I had this tweak on my jailbroken iPhone 3G 4 years ago!

    • Verizon

      I’m just sorry you had an iPhone 4 years ago. Poor thing.

  • im pretty sure my when i had my Bionic that MotoBlur did the same thing

  • skinja99

    OG DROID Anyone?!?!?!?!?!

    I, and many others, had 3d wallpapers that reacted to orientation on the OG DROID

    • skinja99

      Here is a Droid-Life post about Live Wallpapers that change with orientation and direction FROM 2010….almost 3 years ago.

      Welcome to this decade, iOS

      • Adam Medina

        I had it on my iphone 3G 4 years ago…

        • FknTwizted

          So what you are saying is that Apple is introducing something they had 4 years ago and calling it revolutionary again… huh how weird.

          • Michael Harrison

            No, it was originally written by somebody of the Apple jailbreak community (Ryan Petrich, one of the best). Just like how android app developers have written it for android. Now Apple has taken the idea and baked it into the OS. Not unlike how Android has baked in many ideas created by app developers (without the due credit they deserve) Both Google and Apple should be scolded for presenting things they take from app developers and passing it off as new things IMO. But just in the grand scheme as it comes to this wallpaper, technically it wasn’t done by apple or android first, but an Apple app developer. Now if he took the idea from something pre-smartphone, I do not know. But to the best of my knowledge his was the first to appear on a smartphone.

          • FknTwizted

            wasn’t dogging the statement, just like how apple calls it new and revolutionary all the time when they clearly ripped it from someone else and call it their own.

          • mx

            When did they call this feature revolutionary?

          • FknTwizted

            when don’t they..

          • mx

            What kind of idiotic response is that? You said they claimed this feature was revolutionary, I asked you to prove that they said that. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised at the low level of intelligence on this board. Disappointed, but not surprised.

          • FknTwizted

            apparently you were born without a humor bone nor the ability to recognize sarcasm at its finest. So, with that said please before you open the gap you use as a feeding portal understand how apple likes to make everything they put into their phones and other products and use spin doctoring to make their products sound like they were the 1st to come to market (see lawsuits filed against other manufactures) and it was revolutionary.

  • trophynuts

    WWDC always pulls the lamest haters out. Oh apple “stole” this from Android. Oh Android has had that forever. Who really gives a care? It’s obviously not affecting either company’s business.

    • morpheus282

      The point is that Apple will get credit for “inventing” these things. I don’t personally care what phone anyone uses, but let’s give credit where it’s due. Android has been innovating, Apple has been imitating. In 2007 it was a different story.

      I’m going to buy both this and the 3D planet wallpaper just to let the dev know that his work is appreciated. Apple just takes credit for the idea and doesn’t give the poor guy a dime.

      • Rakyth

        Just gonna piggyback because I know other people have said that it isn’t new–this specific background looks extremely nice. Like one of those little McDonalds toy holograms from the 90’s, but with infinite frames and not just a few.

  • Tony Byatt

    Android, showing Apple how it’s done since 2007…

  • Christopher Moore

    I can’t believe this was already in the play store. Does Tim own a Android phone and just buys up apps to see what features he can steal?

  • chris phillips

    So does that mean if I download an icon pack, buy a live wallpaper and some apps that add some features, I can have a press conference too?

    • jamdev12

      Yep. They were just showing off Jelly Bean, on an Android phone, with a iphone case over it to make it look like an iphone.

      • Chris Hannan

        But with an ugly icon set.

    • SebaKL

      I assure you, having the clientele Apple has, you need far less than that. An empty cereal box with “innovation” written on it, would suffice. Apple customer is surprisingly easy to please.

    • carlcarlson

      No-one will remember you though, that’s the difference.

  • Simon Belmont

    Ha. This guy is going to make a bundle on this live wallpaper now (it already looks like he has with thousands of downloads).

    This app is getting shoved into the limelight because of the iOS 7 feature. I say good for him.

    • jamdev12

      You do know what is going to happen, right? Apple will come after him for all the money he has made off them.

      • michael arazan

        With some BS Vague 3D patent.

      • Simon Belmont

        Probably! We’ll just have to wait and see.

        The only problem is that 3D parallax live wallpapers have been around for a LONG time. I’d like to see Apple travel back in time and make it their own (not)!

  • mbagasao

    This was also a feature on jailbroken iDevices more than a year ago!

    • Go Hawkeyes

      So it was something you could do if you jailbroke your iDevice and installed third party software. Great. Remember that the next time you argue that something Android could do for years doesn’t count as being original to Android because it was just a third party ad on and not original from Google.

      • mbagasao

        Not arguing bro. I’m a full blown Android nerd and enthusiast just like you (Rooted/ROM’d OG Droid and GNex). Just saying that it took Apple this long to apply officially what the jailbroken community developed years ago. Nothing big from Apple once again!

      • carlcarlson

        Remember if it’s on Android it’s OK and can not be copied. If it’s on Apple, different rules apply.

  • suraj

    Android is going to make a big difference. just keep your fingers crossed.

  • Trevor

    That’s 61ยข more than I’m prepared to spend on an Android app.

  • jessem1323

    There is a tweak on Cydia that adds this effect to your iPhone that’s been available for a couple of years now. There are also tweaks available that add Control Center functionalities as well. Overall I think the new look is clean and attractive though. The icons look a bit goofy to me. Safari and the Game Center icons specifically.

    Sent from my Nexus 4

  • Warwick

    Bash Apple day! Gotta love it ๐Ÿ˜€

  • C-Law

    3d effect live wallpaper is the better app for this. I’ve been using it for a year https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=at.robbert.deepand

  • I’ve been using one similar on my Nexus 7 for ages, https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=opotech.starfieldLWPFree

    • PhoenixPath

      That’s very cool. Thanks for the link. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • bboyairwreck

    Anyone know of an app that is similar to this but supports 4.1 devices? want to get this on my stock ROM for my bionic

  • philnolan3d

    An older version of Google Music used to do this with the album covers when you had a lot of them on the screen tilting the device would make them rotate a bit to give a similar effect.

    • Taylor Abrahamson

      Yep, so did the old androidGallery app

      • Simon Belmont

        I loved that gallery! You could let photos shuffle from one touchpoint to another another if you pinched your fingers out when over a stack of photos.

        It was like watching a deck of cards fly through the area. Only the cards were you pictures!

  • S2556

    Just smashed my phone… Will give it a try on Wednesday when replacement gets here. ๐Ÿ™

  • ReturnOfTheMack

    I had a feeling this wasn’t one of Apple’s “inventions”.

    • master94

      How dare you. Apple invented everything. They are god. No but that is what Apple really does. Take other people ideas, patent it and sue everyone and claim they made it

      • michael arazan

        God created the universe, the stars, the earth and everything on it, Apple is suing god because they have a generalized patent on everything

    • mikeym0p

      The Zune HD had it years ago.

    • proVOCAL

      Magic Eye had this 20 years ago.

      And now I feel old.

    • Go Hawkeyes

      And on the sqrt(-1) day, Apple created god.

    • mx

      And when did Apple even claim it invented this?

      The whole invention thing is just a straw man you guys bring out anytime Apple releases anything. You are just looking for things to be upset about.

    • carlcarlson

      1. The same innovation can occur independently, look at the birth of photography if you actually want to educate yourself.

      2. For some reason it is only Android fans that feel the desperate need to claim everything as their own invention, I wonder why that is?

      • master94

        clearly you have never read a article with Apple and Samsung both in it where Apple users threw the first stone claiming Android is a stolen product and Apple invented the touchscreen despite everyone knowing IBM and LG did. Its just a bunch of jokes being thrown around. Both sides know no one can claim the right to a single invention since it takes a team. Its just all jokes and fun

  • Jason Kahn

    I knew they had to of gotten the idea from somewhere.

    • David Mann

      Yeah, they had to HAVE gotten it from somewhere /grammarnazi

      • PhoenixPath

        There, their, they’re…it’ll be ok. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Michael Harrison

      Yeah, from Ryan Petrich’s DeepEnd that came out 3 years ago for jailbroken iPhones ๐Ÿ˜‰