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The Blur app will give your home screen wallpaper a fresh new look

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.

Jerry Hildenbrand
Jerry Hildenbrand

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.

24 Comments
  • I am all over this. Thanks Jerry. Love minimal backgrounds like the ones this app creates.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    Posted via Android Central App
  • My n7 does that to. But I'm still have dalvik Posted via Android Central App
  • Great using one of the wallpapers I made in this app Posted with Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0
  • Great app, I have it on my iPhone, and my backgrounds are all based on photos that are blurred.
  • Is this from Motorola? Posted via Android Central App
  • Ha! You made a funny.
  • Pretty good app. Thank you!
  • Just downloaded this. Its a great app! Loving my background now! Haha thanks! Posted via Android Central App
  • Blurring an image takes almost no Photoshop skills. If people are actually paying for this, I need to start making apps...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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? Posted via Android Central App
  • 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!
  • Cause it's simple and fast. It has one purpose and it does it well.
  • Despite all the efforts Android is still not being favoured by developers. This app has been on iOS since April!
  • That's because people using iOS never knew how to blur images themselves usually from a packed subway car
  • I bought it.
  • 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.
  • Now THAT is a great idea...
  • Awesome, thanks!