Perhaps, one of the winning features of Android is its customization features. Almost anything can be customized to suit your taste. The Play Store has solutions to everything — impressive icons packs, cool launcher apps, widgets big and small and last but not the least — wallpapers, especially live wallpaper.
So whether you have raindrops streaking down the screen or snow flakes flying about, undeniably, live wallpapers help in bringing an air of animation into the home screen. And an app which goes by the name of Liven Live Wallpaper helps in achieving just that.
Liven works by applying an overlay over the current background thus enhancing its looks. You have a choice to select over from 5 categories which include tiny floating snow-like particles or large orbs. These particles continually dance around the screen giving it a surreal feel.
What’s more, if you find this effect a tad distracting, especially in low light you can choose to turn it off. Beyond this, you have the filter mode, which as you have deduced, lets you choose the correct filter for your live wallpaper and do full justice to the image.
You’ll get the option to choose from the classic black and white, rich, a sepia-inspired old grain, vintage, etc.
For more dynamic effect you can choose to have wallpapers shuffling in a fixed interval of time. There’s nothing to dislike about this feature, as it just doesn’t present you with its own collection of wallpapers. Instead, you get to choose from your device storage.
More the merrier if you have a wallpaper app already installed, for you just need to open that particular app from within this one and tap on select.
In a nutshell, you have the refreshing looks of animated snow in the foreground, while the background changes as per your settings.
Speaking of settings, you can choose to have the wallpapers shuffle in a time frame between 5 minutes to a day. So, that’s one less work.
And even if you are still bored with the current look, double tap on any empty space on the screen and the wallpaper will be changed instantly (based on the setting). Pretty amazing, if you ask me.
Relief for the Eyes
As you might already be aware, a bright screen is a perfect recipe for eye strain. Liven is worried about your eyes as well and contains helpful features that aid in darkening wallpapers during night. You’ll be provided with a scale from where you can lower the intensity of the wallpapers.
The source of the night timing is no rocket science for this little app. No, it doesn’t source from the weather apps or the internet.
Instead, you’ll have to provide the details manually in the settings.
For instance, if the sun sets at around 6 PM, you can set the timing accordingly. Similarly, the sunrise timing also needs to be entered into the system.
Talking about darkness and light, Livid comes with an additional feature which lets you choose an overlay of stars.
These stars can be set during the night hours, in the true essence of a customizable live wallpaper. What makes me adore this app is that you can choose to have what all effect you’d like.
The basic version of this app is free, which will include a free animation effect and a couple of filters. The image shuffle effect comes under this category, thankfully. Hiding behind the paywall of INR 130 (approx $2.017) are the other filters like vintage, bleach, and some of the night sky effects.
In conclusion, Livid is a lightweight app that handles battery life beautifully — it isn’t much a juice guzzler and still, manages to give a certain freshness to your phone. So go ahead, bring the zing to your home screen.