Blur

Use your own pictures or ones borrowed from the Internet as a fancy blurred background on your Android

Want a really cool effect for your home screen wallpaper, but aren't a PhotoShop guru? If so, you need to check out a new app called Blur in Google Play. Blur allows you to take any picture and apply an adjustable blur effect and set it full resolution as your home screen wallpaper.

It's really simple to do, and the whole routine involves only choosing a picture and adjusting a slider. The paid version (just 99-cents) also allows you a bit of control over the colors, while the free version will randomly do a bit of adjustment if you like by tapping on the image. The free version also has some ads in a banner at the top.

Blur registers as an Android intent, so you can share pictures into it right from the gallery, and the entire process is live and with a real-time view. I tend to keep things pretty simple when it comes to the home screen on my devices, but I'm digging this one, and gladly sprung for the paid version. Check out the short video of just how it works and the end result after the break.

Blur

 
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I am all over this. Thanks Jerry. Love minimal backgrounds like the ones this app creates.

Barb d says:

why would you want to Blur a picture? I'm always looking for that great sharp colorful one

well, this one won't be in a gallery that you view. but rather in the background, so the detail won't be necessary.

ScottJ says:

Detail on a background can make it very difficult to see the icons on top of it.

I like it. Good find Jerry.

Dammit, I switched to ART and this app force closes. I will eventually switch back to dalvik.
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drokssilva says:

My n7 does that to. But I'm still have dalvik

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LOVE_ANDROID says:

Great using one of the wallpapers I made in this app

Posted with Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

dc9super80 says:

Great app, I have it on my iPhone, and my backgrounds are all based on photos that are blurred.

larrygeary says:

Is this from Motorola?

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CharlesLive says:

Ha! You made a funny.

Subhramani says:

Pretty good app. Thank you!

Just downloaded this. Its a great app! Loving my background now! Haha thanks!

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bimsebasse says:

Blurring an image takes almost no Photoshop skills. If people are actually paying for this, I need to start making apps...

ScottJ says:

It looks like a standard Gaussian blur. However, the app alias you to blur an image in about a second right on your phone. It takes longer than that just to fire up Photoshop even on an SSD.

ScottJ says:

It looks like a standard Gaussian blur. However, the app alias you to blur an image in about a second right on your phone. It takes longer than that just to fire up Photoshop even on an SSD.

impu15ify says:

This is so unnecessary. Most phones already have built-in photo editor apps that have the blur feature. Why would I download a 3rd party app for a simple task like blurring a picture?

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DirkBelig says:

So don't download it. Problem solved.

One benefit is that it's not destructive like the Nexus 5's editor is.

Posted via sheer force of will on my Nexus 5!

ScottJ says:

Cause it's simple and fast. It has one purpose and it does it well.

miwaca says:

Despite all the efforts Android is still not being favoured by developers. This app has been on iOS since April!

ronnypoo says:

That's because people using iOS never knew how to blur images themselves

usually from a packed subway car

Qbancelli says:

I bought it.

elvisgp says:

It's pretty awesome to blur the wallpaper and set it as your lock screen wallpaper, and then leave the original pic as your home screen wallpaper.

Xader says:

Now THAT is a great idea...

kgh00007 says:

Awesome, thanks!