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Top 5 Muzei Live Wallpaper Extensions: March 2014

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Here at DL, we have become fans of Roman Nurik’s latest creation, the Muzei live wallpaper. It lets us forget all of those hours of heated internal debate on deciding which wallpaper looks the hottest, and has essentially claimed its rightful place on most of our home screens.

Yet still, Nurik has only partially solved the whole problem with his newest app, because even now, we have to decide between hordes of different third party Muzei extensions, a problem I think we don’t mind having. The app displays wallpapers in such a beautiful way and there are so many good extensions already, that it’s quite fun seeing each outdo each other.

Which are the best five for the month of March? Let’s check them out.


1. MultiMuze

MultiMuze has easily become my favorite Muzei extension, because of the fact that it really isn’t fundamentally one. What MultiMuze does is allow for the use of multiple extensions, in case you’re like me and can’t simply choose one source of wallpapers. It comes with customization settings allowing you to choose the intervals for which your source changes, and also which of your sources to use when shuffling them.

I haven’t personally experienced any issues while using MultiMuze, so this guy right here is my absolute favorite extension for Muzei at the moment. And it’s even free.

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2. Muzei Music Extension

With the launch of Android 4.4 “Kit Kat,” we saw the introduction of lock screen album artwork. Basically, when you are playing music on a Kit Kat device, it will replace your lock screen wallpaper with your current album’s cover picture. This has actually become very handy for many of us, and it’s certainly one of the features I miss when I switch to my Xperia Z1, which is still stuck on Jelly Bean.

Muzei Music looks to bring the same feature to your home screen, but with a few cool enhancements as well. First of all, you can select an image for Muzei to use as your wallpaper when you aren’t playing music, so you aren’t forced to stare at a black screen when not playing music. Second, you can automatically download artwork for songs you don’t have images for from Last.fm, and tweak settings for this so as to change the resolution of downloaded artwork and set it to not download over a mobile data connection.

Be sure to know that this is probably not the best extension to use with MultiMuze in case you were looking into that, as that will cause this extension to only come up sporadically. Also, some music players require notification access and a specific version of Android to function correctly, but this shouldn’t be too much of a worry — in case it doesn’t work with your music player of choice, it was free anyway.

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3. Cast for Muzei

Chromecast owners, you know those pretty backgrounds your device shuffles through when you’re not using it? It turns out there’s a legitimate source for those pictures, and developers can even tap into them to add them for viewing on Muzei.

There are no settings to be tweaked here whatsoever — your wallpaper background will behave just as Chromecast’s, and should even update at the same time. Check this free extension out.

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4. Taskei – Tasker for Muzei

For those of you who can’t live without an insane amount of customization, Tasker has had your back for the longest time. Now, here it is, available on Muzei to seriously refine when, where, and why certain sources should trigger. Now, I’m not going to pretend to be a Tasker maestro here, but it shouldn’t be too difficult to set situations up where certain sources only trigger when your phone is on WiFi, has headphones connected, or it is a certain time of day.

I wouldn’t recommend this one to everyday users, but for those of you who can’t live without really digging in and customizing the heck out of everything, give this one a peek.

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5. Muzei - Reddit

For those of you who spend all eternity on Reddit (shoutout to r/Android!), for the sexy wallpapers or otherwise, it may please you to know that you can now get all of those new subreddit pictures as wallpapers on your device. You basically either choose from a list of subreddits or add your own, as many as you’d like, and the extension will cycle through them. I recommend using r/earthporn, r/spaceporn, r/apodstream, r/wallpapers, and r/exposureporn for an optimum hot wallpaper effect.

This one is also available as a free download.

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Honorable Mentions

So, that’s all we have got for this month. Be sure to ping us if you see any Muzei extensions you would like to see in our next roundup!

  • Hot Sarah

    Those are great, but definitly not as sexy as this one https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=be.easyapps.livewallpaper.goprogirl ;)

  • carom
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  • Nikos Koufos

    I already have cryten, how do I use it in muzei?

  • tspx23

    The amount of run-on sentences in this article is making my head hurt.

    • tspx23

      The article definitely needs to be proofread; a lot of incorrect comma use.

      Not to mention errors like this: give this one a peak. <– peek?

      • Chris M

        please link all the writing work you have completed so we can compare, otherwise you are all trolls.

        • tspx23

          How am I trolling? The article needs to be proofread. The quality of my writing is irrelevant but it is infinitesimally better than this article.

          Kellen and Tim’s articles are usually on point.

    • Jason Kahn

      I’ve picked this up on nearly every article he writes. I am not sure what software he is typing on, but even the built in grammar check in the Chrome browser can pick up at least half of the errors. I have stopped pointing them out all you ever get back is grief from the author, never an attempt to learn or improve.

      • http://droid-life.com/ Rthvk

        Alright, sorry that I just read this. The only run-on I do see when skimming through is “Yet still, Nurik has only partially solved the whole problem with his newest app, because even now, we have to decide between hordes of different third party Muzei extensions, a problem I think we don’t mind having.” <– This was, ironically, added in by Kellen. My original sentence was less of a run-on, but less detailed, so we changed it.

        Care to point out more mistakes? I would like to improve. If it doesn't seem that way, I must be giving off the wrong vibe.

        Thanks,
        Rithvik

    • Trent Callahan

      Then stop reading. Sheesh.

      • tspx23

        I couldn’t even read the article so I did stop. I love droid-life but this particular author needs to proofread his work.

  • Bionicman

    im using the Reddit one. very cool. i love being able to change my wallpaper automatically

  • Bradley Ruiz
  • Paul

    Bummer, my random kitty app didn’t even make honorable mention >.< Cat wallpapers are what the world needs!

  • Jason Kahn

    I’m to drunk right now to properly read this article be back tomorrow after St Patties.

  • ddh819

    is there an extension (or maybe some other app that will just DL to your local gallery) a pic from a specific url? for instance there’s a local tv station that has a weekly forecast at a specific url including filename…

  • JMonkeYJ

    I’m a big fan of APOD (Astronomy Picture of the Day).

    • Raj Bhatt

      Thank you for this, just downloaded it!

  • Sean Stone

    Multi Muze supports the Music extension in that you can tell it to show the Music artwork only when music is playing, but when it’s not, it will go back to shuffling through your other sources. It has a little headphone icon next to it in the MultiMuze settings to allow this to happen.

  • mikewilson1021

    In my honest opinion, Muzei is kind of overrated. I do like the fact that it changes the wallpaper without you having to do anything except choose your source. However, it stops when I have high-res images that are beautiful become washed out and blurred. I know that you can adjust the amount of blur to the point where there is no blur, but the default setting of this app blurs your images. It’s literally an eye-sore at times. Maybe I’m doing it wrong….

    • JMonkeYJ

      I just changed it so there was no blur and only slight dimming.

    • robert alexander

      Your clearly missing the point

      • mikewilson1021

        Dare I? I shall. YOU’RE… Not your.

    • aye_winchell

      I dont really get what your complaining about… there has to be a default setting, what does it matter what the default is, if you can easily change the amount, if any blur. also (at least with the cast ext.) i can double tap the screen (open screen, not on a widget, obviously) and it bring the picture into focus and brightness of the original, it works great for me, be i do like to see what the background is occasionally but i use quite a few text based widgets (zooper, dashclock) and sometimes i cant read the text, so normally i need an amount of blur and dimming to see then, but its nice to be able to double tap and see what the background is clearly.

    • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

      If you haven’t noticed, the blurring is so you can read the text on your icons/apps better. When fully focused it can be difficult to read them, and even see the icons/apps themselves easily. But I get what you’re saying, and yes, you’re right, you can adjust the amount of blur. So if you want less blur, make it less blurry.

      My only complaint is the double tap to make it clear – I use Nova Launcher so now I can’t use a double tap gesture for bringing up settings (or whatever else I want the launcher to do when double tapping).

      • mikewilson1021

        I didn’t think about the contrast between the apps/icons and the wallpaper. That makes sense. What the dev should do is let you choose a customized length of time for how long the wallpaper stays in focus after a double tap. That I would jump on board for.

    • mustbepbs

      Just because you don’t like something doesn’t mean it’s “overrated”, it just means you don’t like something.

      It’s okay to say you don’t like something. No need to group anyone else into your opinion.

      • mikewilson1021

        Let me say again…”In MY honest opinion”. That was the first thing I said. It is overrated to me. Not to you, not to the DL community. That’s why we’re here, to share our personal opinions on the articles at hand. If someone else likes the app, AWESOME! I’m glad they like it and I hope they get the full function out of the app for them. To me, it’s overrated and I personally don’t see the hype that everyone else does. No biggie Smalls.

        • mustbepbs

          “In my honest opinion, Muzei is kind of overrated.”

          No where in that sentence does it mention that it’s overrated to you, but that you think it’s overrated, thus your opinion reaches further than yourself.