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Check Out Stamen Muzei, a Nifty Plugin for the Muzei Live Wallpaper (Updated)

There is a new plugin for the Muzei live wallpaper app, one which brings a more personal feel to your homescreen. The plugin is called Stamen Muzei, and how it works is quite neat. Based on your actual location, the plugin will display a map of where you are, but it’s not an ordinary boring map. 

The maps used are taken from Stamen, a site which produces speciality maps. There are watercolor maps, fire maps, terrain maps, and many other types. As you can see in the screenshots posted, the map used for my area is watercolor.

The maps selected to be shown are also based on time of day and weather. If it’s dark and gloomy outside, a darker tone of map will be used. If it’s bright and sunny, it will be a light-colored map.

The plugin is completely free, so go check it out. A few users reported that it’s not working for their region, so it may be limited to the US only. In addition, it took a few seconds for the service to load on my device, but be patient.

Update: According to the developer, the popularity of the app was putting a strain on the Stamen servers, so until they can fix the issue, he had to remove the app.

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  • Bruce Soares

    What rom is this icon pack on

    • Bruce Soares

      If any one knows please let me know

      • diversion

        It’s Cryten, available in the app store.

  • Richard Giordano

    what launcher is tht? cause i like it 🙂

  • Raven

    I found another LWP that uses the same maps but as a standalone LWP instead of just a Muzei plugin. If you missed out on it, you might want to try out Map Live Wallpaper.

  • Raven

    So, did anyone grab this before it went away and can you post up the .apk?

  • Chad Baker

    Now the link inst working and I cant find it searching on the play store.

    • trixnkix637

      Read the update in the article.

      • Chad Baker

        Yep I saw this, Thank you . DL updated the article after I posted my comment.

  • Walter Partlo

    I like the plugin, I just wish that I could initiate a refresh (in Muzei in general) like I can in 500 firepaper.

  • Craig Armstrong

    What icon pack are you using in the screen shot?

  • Craig

    App has been removed

  • Pete Arado

    Looks like the app got pulled, because that link doesn’t work. It doesn’t come up when I search on Google Play, either.

    • Developer pulled because the “popularity of the app” was bogging the Stamen servers down. Whoops! 😛

      • shkrmkr79

        sounds like flappy bird syndrome to me ha!

  • ThomasMoneyhon

    link dead?

  • Alexander Ruiz

    Reminds me of Android 2.1. Ah, good times…

  • Albert Portillo Jr

    Not working for me either, West Texas.

  • Themanhere10

    Not working for me in Boston. I will give the art option a go till the maps work.

    • JMonkeYJ

      APOD plugins (astronomy picture of the day) are pretty great if you’re in to that.

  • Cesar

    Not working for me here, and I live just outside of Denver.

    • Chris

      i’m sorry

      • LP @ThisisEther

        Watching denver’s superbowl game from a rooftop??????? Nice.

        • Steve B


  • Dave

    Is there a plug in that shows your battery draining away while this runs?

    • CasperTFG

      Or RAM being raped on your N10.

    • Chris Hughes

      My thought also. Huge battery suck so that…I..can..know where I am?

  • Ken M

    this is proof that the democrats have taken over at google

    • Nikos Koufos

      How so?

      • Ken M

        they are taking away our rights by putting maps on our mobiles

        • master94

          What? How does that even make sense? also lets not talk politics here. We are here to enjoy tech

          • Ryuuie

            Don’t feed the tea troll, please.

          • Chris

            says the one who keeps egging ken on…

    • The Narrator

      While the republicans take away everyone’s right to equality and freedom. Thanks to your idiots in congress and Fox news. You won’t see a republican in office for a while.

      • Chris

        after the 2000-2008 nightmare who would want another republican……

        • The Narrator

          Apparently people still do. Which is pretty alarming.

        • michael arazan

          Thanks Mr Bush for going from a 200 Billion surplus to an 11 Trillion debt, like a 16 year old girl with her first check book, and that wasn’t including his No Payback Bailout (The First One) of 800 Billion that just disappeared into Corporate thin air ie wallets. Yes there were 2 Bailouts one by Bush and another by Obama.

  • Lawrence_Hart

    FYI you can use Muzei to show your own pictures. Now you can choose which one so its not just random anymore.

  • Nicholas Fowler

    I live in the US and this did NOT work for me. It would simply ask me to “Try again”. I waited awhile, then even rebooted my phone (where then I simply had a black background).

    • Brandon Bunker


    • Carlton Crasher

      same: Nexus 5 CarbonRom Nightlies..

  • bydavidrosen

    Does anyone else get a little slowdown when going back to the homescreen from any app when using Muzei? I LOVE this live wallpaper, but on my Note3 (totally stock, no root or anything), it’s like it has to take 2-3 seconds to redraw the wallpaper if I have Muzei active. I just disabled it yesterday to see if it really was Muzei and sure enough, there’s no lag with it disabled.

    • Guest

      TouchWiz lag. Doesnt know what to do without its own wallpaper

      • bydavidrosen

        Haha yea probably. Although I am using nova prime for a launcher replacement, but still touchwiz has its hooks all over the place.

    • Kevin

      Try using Nova Launcher

      • bydavidrosen

        Yea I do use nova.

  • Prime7

    How is this thing on battery life? Does it drink your battery juice if you drive a lot?

  • Nikos Koufos

    Pls what icon pack is that?

    • Cryten, I believe.

    • jlsushman

      I believe that is the cryten icon pack. Pastel

    • Nikos Koufos

      What launcher is that, or how can I get the icons to become as big as those in the bottom with nova?

      • trixnkix637

        My best guess is he’s using GEL and Cryten Icons

    • charesa39

      I can confirm that it’s Cryten. I use the same one on my N5 with stock GEL.

  • Ryan

    I had to double check that this was still DL. Those pics reminded me of iOS 7

    • master94

      No, more like a Android 2.2 mui rom. Ios 7 isnt round

      • Chris

        the water colored icons….

    • The Narrator

      You mean, the iOS 7 that looks like that after Android did it?