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nowPaper Features Google Now-inspired Artwork, Perfect for Any Home Screen

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Right before the DL Show last night, I was turned onto a wallpaper collection called nowPaper that is available on Google Play. If you have ever opened Google Now on your phone or tablet, then the inspired artwork should look quite familiar, featuring well-known landscapes and cityscapes from across North America.

Each area featured in the app has multiple papers, allowing you to choose the time of day you would like to have on your device. There is dawn, afternoon, evening, and night. Even cooler, the app has a newly built-in Muzei plugin, allowing you to switch wallpapers automatically depending on what time it is. If it’s 12 in the afternoon outside, you will see a shiny bright wallpaper on your phone. If it’s 10pm and getting late, you will see the nighttime wallpaper. 

The artist responsible for the wallpapers states that he has a lot more cities coming, including San Francisco. Here’s hoping he also has time for Portland, OR.

The app costs just $0.99 on Google Play.

Play Link ($0.99)

  • TheLieIsACake

    How do I crop the wallpapers? I’ve downloaded the app and I see no way of copying the wallpapers manually, and from the app itself I also see no way of adjusting the crop before applying, so for certain walls which I wish was centred on the right side, the app centres it on the left which leaves the best bit of ‘scenery’ unseen on the home screen.

  • meinecke.justin

    @jaxonwright:disqus @al is there some issue if you use Nova Launcher? I have the HTC One (M8) and use Nova, but after purchasing your app and trying to set wallpapers, all my home screens became were solid soft colors. Does is sound like something anyone has run into? I unfortunately had to refund my purchase, but I definitely think it’s a cool idea. Would love to see more East Coast in the future — surprised there’s no DC!

  • bradddantuma

    Love these wallpapers… Great job! I have a HTC M8, the wallpapers are well bigger than the screen. I end up only getting half the picture. What am I doing wrong?

  • LiiIiikEaBau5

    Greedy Dev, no test version but luckily i found APK to try if it worth it to buy.

    • EvanTheGamer

      lol Test version? You can see what the app looks like from the screenshots above. And most apps of this nature(even icon packs) are paid apps that don’t have test versions because there is no need.

      Foolish person.

      • LiiIiikEaBau5

        …u buy things from their screenshots, u dumbass?

    • Jaxon Wright

      We are very greedy. Thanks for pirating, it helps us out a ton. /s

    • Chris M

      it’s .99 ……….. horrible!

  • ChP

    Perhaps you would like to add some other locations not just North America and some live backgrounds rather than a static image, sort of a moving cloud or a plane in sky. Just adding some ideas :-)

  • http://androidintvfilm.tumblr.com/ wade_county

    Please do a Miami, FL one. These all look so good.

  • matt

    No NYC?!

    Oh and Moonshine Icon pack is great with this

    • http://alexpasquarella.com Alex Pasquarella

      It’s coming! That one shouldn’t be too hard because Google already did it, I just gotta redraw it/put my own spin on it :)

  • Chris Holton

    Can you make an Atlanta one? I know we’re not as cool as the other cities but we try

  • Chris Holton

    Just downloaded cool

  • Justin

    Anything Phoenix AZ wallpapers included?

  • Cesar

    Do want.

  • AndrewScottRox

    Looks like I’ll be spending some of that sweet, sweet survey money today.

    • Fresh360

      That sweet, sweet survey money you gotta love it.

    • http://alexpasquarella.com Alex Pasquarella

      As someone who carefully chooses his apps because of limited survey money, I am extremely flattered that you are using it for our app! Thank you for the support :)

      • Justin

        Alex, can you add anything Arizona or Los Angeles related? I haven’t used it yet so I’m not 100 percent sure, maybe you’ve already included those two, but I’ll buy it if those two cities are included.

        • http://alexpasquarella.com Alex Pasquarella

          I can’t yet say anything for an Arizona city, but LA is on the list of cities to draw as of now. I did a poll two months ago on my website to let people vote on which cities I’d do next, and LA garnered white a bit of interest. Hope that helps.

          • Justin

            Awesome. Thank you. I’m from LA but live in AZ right now, fountain hills AZ, just outside of Phoenix and it used to be home of the world’s tallest fountain :-) maybe that could be a landmark of interest in your drawings??? There is also the four peaks mountains which overlook a lot of the valley.

          • http://alexpasquarella.com Alex Pasquarella

            Great! I’ll keep this in mind! Thank you :)

          • Justin

            Your welcome, the consideration is greatly appreciated!

    • EvanTheGamer

      How many do you usually get per week or month? The last few I’ve gotten were just surveys that gave me no credit for filling ‘em out. Haven’t received a survey that pays in awhile.

  • Jimmy Baez

    Bought it and I’m loving it. Thanks, dev and Droid Life.

    • Jaxon Wright

      You are very welcome.

  • Sam Connell

    God damn, I have been waiting for a Muzei plug-in with this style for what feels like ages. Amazing.

    • Jaxon Wright

      I know a lot of people have. The wait if finally over. :D

  • sagisarius

    I don’t quite follow, are these live wallpapers (like to the blades of the turbine move?) or is it just a rotating set of static images?

    • Jaxon Wright

      they don’t move, they just rotate static images.

      • Relaxasaurus

        Thanks! What icon set is that in the article image?

        • Jaxon Wright

          Those are screenshots from Tim, so I’m not sure. You will have to ask him

        • NeilGeorge

          Those icons were posted on DL last week i think.. You can find by going through old posts.

        • e_droid

          FlatDroid

          • Relaxasaurus

            You guys rock!

            Any idea which clock widget that is too?

        • EvanTheGamer
      • Raven

        Now, that is what I would love to see. These are great works of art and make great static backgrounds if that is what you are in to. But in this day and age, I have been spoiled by Live Wall Papers and never use static wallpapers anymore. I even gave Muzei a try for a while, but eventually got bored and went back to real LWP’s like those from maxelus and kittehface. I would love to see your wallpapers with just some subtle animations like windmills turning, planes flying, clouds moving and even cooler would be a gradual transition through the various times of day, i.e. being able to watch the sun set. That would be awesome and I would probably pay at least $5 for the collection.

        • EvanTheGamer

          Totally agreed. Would also pay a hefty price for such a LWP.

          Also, have you tried The Nautilus LWP yet? It’s a pretty fantastic LWP, I must say. Only $1.95, too. Has some cool interactivity, as well.

          https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gauli.nautilus

          • Raven

            Thanks! Looks pretty cool as well as the similar Nebulander LWP. I will have to check them out.

        • Jaxon Wright

          Such a pack would probably have to be separate from nowPaper. It is a good idea, but it takes Alex long enough just to make the static images.

        • JD

          You would enjoy Mountains Now. It is an animated version of Google Now images and passes the Galaxy Nexus test (fluid on that device, doesn’t consume battery). https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.intcast.livecinemagraph.gnmountainsfull&hl=en
          Also has a free version.

  • EvanTheGamer

    Even cooler, the app has a newly built-in Muzei plugin, allowing you to switch wallpapers automatically depending on what time it is. If it’s 12 in the afternoon outside, you will see a shiny bright wallpaper on your phone. If it’s 10pm and getting late, you will see the nighttime wallpaper.

    Now that’s a really cool and nifty feature in nowPaper. That feature alone makes me want to check out this new wallpaper app. Sweet!

    • Kyleinstyle

      How does one activate this feature? Mine has not switched since 7am this morning.

  • JSo
    • Jaxon Wright

      Yes, actually. It looks like that just uses the official Google Now wallpapers, which aren’t 1080p. nowPaper uses wallpapers made by Alex Pasquarella from scratch in 1080p, including ones that Google didn’t do.

      • JSo

        Cool. Now I know. :)

      • Supraman21

        The wallpapers don’t seem very high-def on my HTC One. I can clearly see pixelation on the edges of everything.

        • Jaxon Wright

          they’re pretty good looking on Tim’s G3 with a 2K display. Not sure why you are seeing what you’re seeing

    • El big Chris

      Your suggestion is free but it doesnt have the muzei plug in

    • http://alexpasquarella.com Alex Pasquarella

      Hi! I’m the artwork dev/designer for nowPaper. I see that Jaxon already cleared things up, but I’d like to reiterate the fact that I draw these new Google Now style designs from scratch in 4K and 1080p. I have the ability to add any city since I was able to learn the design language used for the official Google Now artwork which are all that is present in the app you posted. Plus, nowPaper provides Muzei support!

      • Fresh360

        Keep up the great work.

        Obligatory request ummmmm how about Baltimore, MD (Inner Harbor particularly)

      • Supraman21

        Can you provide the 4k images. all the pictures are pixelated on my HTC One. The picture might be 1080p but when you set them as wallpapers they crop and you can see the pixelization.

        • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato
          • http://alexpasquarella.com Alex Pasquarella

            Thanks Tim. Just keep in mind, those looking for the 4K versions, that not all of them have been drawn in 4K. Some of the older ones were only done in 1080p. I plan on releasing 4K versions of some of the originals in the future.

          • Supraman21

            Thanks bromigo!

        • Jaxon Wright

          I could make the 4K ones available in the app. I figured there wouldn’t be any demand since no devices have 4k displays

      • Fitzgerald King Xuffi

        Could it be possible to make cities for other countries? maybe…. Mexico city? Cancun city? Acapulco city? Ibiza? im just saying that would be awesome…. even Rimini :D

        • EvanTheGamer

          Maybe even historical cities, like Ancient Rome or Egypt(like with a picture of workers building the great pyramids) or what have you. That’d be super cool.

          • Fitzgerald King Xuffi

            LOL not sure if trolling my 3rd world comment or just being friendly LOL

          • EvanTheGamer

            Oh no, I’m actually quite serious. Historical wallpapers in the style of Alex’s Google Now-inspired artwork would be pretty killer. Imagine a wallpaper of the gladiators in the Colosseum of Ancient Rome. With blood splattering and heads flying all about.

            That would be so freaking cool!

            Also, you’d know it if I was trolling. I hate trolls and only troll other trollers because I hate trolls so damned much.

          • Fitzgerald King Xuffi

            Havent seen your profile pic… now i get it… you are serious. LOL

      • EvanTheGamer

        That’s awesome.

        You know…you should add a “Donate Money to Add City” option. IE, people who donate you $1 will let them choose what city they want you to draw up. :)

        Hey…just a suggestion. Good way for you to make some extra cash and great way to satisfy people who want their city(within reason; if there’s no info on their city or there’s no pictures, etc, then no can do) in nowPaper.

        • http://alexpasquarella.com Alex Pasquarella

          Neat idea. I had a poll workin’ on my site for a little while and it gave me a good idea of where the most interest is in terms of cities. Maybe I’ll run another poll on my site. Your idea of donations is neat and those would be highly appreciated, but it would be a little… bold… of me to make stuff only for the highest bidders. You guys are a great community and your support is all I ask for :)

          • EvanTheGamer

            Ahh, that’s cool.

            But you kinda misunderstood me. What I meant was, there could be a Donate via Paypal button thingy on your site where as, if a person donates $1(or more depending on how much time it would take; there could be a City Donate Chart or something. $1 gets you basic city wallpapers and $3-5 gets you more detailed city wallpapers, etc), the donator would then choose his or whichever city he/she wants you to draw, then it would be up to you whether or not you want to draw up the chosen city. Of course there would be a Waiting Line, and that line would quickly fill up if you chose to do something like that. Or maybe there could be a Max of 10 City Donations at a time. Once there’s an available spot, people can donate again, and so on.

            But yes, it would be quite bold of you to go in this direction, but hey, time is money as they say and I’m sure lots of people would pay you to add their city to nowPaper. I know I’d pay.

      • tehcodeman

        Dallas would be awesome!

  • Jaxon Wright

    WOW! Thanks for making an article on it! I will definitely have to kick developing into full gear now. haha

    • burntcookie90

      I’m assuming you’re the dev, nice job!
      One suggestion: Use a transparent/translucent action bar, the white action bar seems to take focus from the wallpapers (at least in these screen shots).

      • EvanTheGamer

        Los Angeles would be cool. :)

        BTW, great job, Jaxon!

        • http://alexpasquarella.com Alex Pasquarella

          LA is on the list! Thanks!

          • Mech_Engr_09

            If you add Pittsburgh in there, you’ll be my best friend haha. Oh and I like the name dunrite haha

          • EvanTheGamer

            Most excellent!

          • MikeKorby

            Any word on Chicago?

      • Jaxon Wright

        Thanks. I will consider playing around with a different action bar style. A randomization feature will be coming in a future release.

    • Cody

      Is there a way to make it work on the LG G2/G3 lockscreen?

    • http://alexpasquarella.com Alex Pasquarella

      Yes, thank you very much DL! I better get drawing!!!

      • Justin Latham

        Thanks to you guys these wallpapers are gonna look amazing on the LG G3 I’m gonna pick up today after work. Keep up the good work.

      • Mickey Jones

        So many West coast. Show the east some love (NE seaside?)

        • Joe

          ..2 out of the 3 cities?

      • Tony Byatt

        New Orleans, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta…

      • Brian Burns

        I just purchased your app and am loving the wallpapers! They look amazing on my new G3. Hoping to see Seattle added in the near future! *crosses fingers*

    • Sam Connell

      As of now, the Muzei plug-in only gives me the option to cycle through one collection at a time (i.e. San Diego). Can you make an “all” option?

      • Jaxon Wright

        That idea has been suggested a few times to me. Sounds like a good idea. Are you thinking that each day will be a random one, or each time will be a random one? I think day would make more sense

        • Sam Connell

          Agreed.

        • Alec

          Is it possible to switch wallpapers automatically (day and night) without having to have the Muzei effect on the wallpaper??

          • Jaxon Wright

            yes. The blur and dimming effects are a part of muzei. To turn them down/off, you do the following:

            1) Open Muzei
            2) Press the “Three-dot” menu in the lower right corner
            3) Press “Customize”
            4) press “Choose source” at the top
            5) Press “Advanced”
            6) Adjust blur and dim there
            7) ???
            8) Profit

          • Alec

            I didn’t realize Muzei had that setting. Thank you

    • Mech_Engr_09

      P.S. These go great with the Lumos icon pack :)

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