Muzei

Curated classics or your own pictures make for an excellent wallpaper when treated through Muzei

Roman Nurik, Android Developer Advocate at Google — and developer of Dashclock, the widget everyone loves — has just released one of the snazziest live wallpaper apps we've ever seen.

Muzei (from the Russian for "museum") grabs a new piece of artwork daily, curated by Nurik and his art teacher fiancée +Liza Gordon and gently blurs the piece to display on your home screen. A quick double tap deblurs the art for a few moments so you can appreciate it. The transition is really slick, and some of the best app animation in Android we've ever seen. If you prefer, you can use your own local photos in lieu of the curated collection. Because it uses the standard file chooser, you can also set up a Dropbox folder or use Google Drive.

Just like Dashclock, Muzei is completely open source and extensible via an open set of APIs. For more information about the API, click here, and for the source click here.

Grab Muzei Live Wallpaper from the Google Play link above and give it a spin.

Source: +Roman Nurik

 
There are 28 comments

bluesun3030 says:

I think the Play link is broken. Excited to check this out.

Edit: I did find it on Google Play the old fashioned way
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.nurik.roman.muzei

Works fine for me.

bluesun3030 says:

It works fine for me now too. Looks like I wasn't the only one who had the issue last night. Installing now!

neu smurph says:

Yep broken link on the article, but brilliant recommendation. I love the dim+blur, and look forward to seeing some extensions.

Jdane07 says:

Wow, thanks for sharing this.
Great app, and looks beautiful.

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Jon Pham says:

Thanks for the link

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B. Diddy says:

Phenomenal! Very nice effect. Will be looking forward each day to a new work of art!

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SAENZ_SCENE says:

Downloaded now. Love the idea and so far so good! Looks great with all the icon packs that are out there!

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adam13omb says:

This is probably the best live wallpaper I have ever used. Thanks for the link.

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quailallstar says:

Says it's not compatible with my device?

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TLB69 says:

What phone are you rockin?

Sent from my Note 3 rockin Jelly Bean 4.3

TLB69 says:

Thankz for the link.

Sent from my Note 3 rockin Jelly Bean 4.3

Gekko says:

i would like to see a live wallpaper like this where the painting actually swirls and moves and is interactive -

http://holykaw.alltop.com/making-van-goghs-starry-night-come-alive-vide

The double taps not so good for G2 users as the knock on/off feature locks the phone haha! And why do I want blurred artwork?

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You can remove the blur in the settings, ya know. :)

suavemezie says:

Go setting, choose advanced and change the blurred by sliding blurry to the end. It will become solid instead of blurry

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SabreGuy2121 says:

As an added bonus, it looks a lot better with the blur turned all the way down.

ChromeJob says:

Why blur? So your foreground icons stand out without any fancy pants parallax effects. Some people may not agree, so it's clever to make it an option.....

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samkast says:

Why don't all live wallpapers include the option to center the picture and disable wallpaper scrolling? I like the Google Now Launcher for it's simplicity, but the number of live wallpapers that look good with it are quite limited because it starts on the left, while most launchers start at the middle. I can't wait for Google to release the Google Now Launcher so live wallpaper developers will be forced to adjust their apps to handle both formats.

dcdttu says:

SO MUCH THIS COMMENT. The new launcher doesn't center like the old ones did. Drives me CRAZY. Google should account for this.

I like live wallpaper. But they drain your battery and use data

dcdttu says:

A good live wallpaper really doesn't. I've used them and not used them and you probably get about 5 minutes more battery life to be honest. Negligible.

Tom Shamenek says:

Thinking it doesn't play well with ART runtime? I can get it to install, and that's it.

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dcdttu says:

Can't help but notice that, on a traditional 3, 5, or 7 screen launcher (before Kit Kat's GE Launcher), the painting would be centered more to the right of where it is on the Nexus 5's stock launcher.

I've noticed this with other live wallpapers and regular ones too. If you don't use the Photos app to crop, it makes the center you thought you were aligning to off a bit.

ChromeJob says:

He's open sourced it? F***ing A. B-)

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Ronzdaname says:

I installed it. Started to use it. It crashed on me about 3 times. I Uninstalled it. I'm done.

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Very nice! THX for the tip^^

zhecht says:

Says it's not compatible with my EVO 4G LTE.