ASM Downtime – Backgrounds HD (Wallpapers) by Walldroid
Today I am introducing a new wallpaper app for Android devices, Backgrounds HD (Wallpapers) by Walldroid – shortened to Walldroid. The wallpaper on our Android devices is one of the simplest changes we can make to customise how our phone or tablet looks. Sometimes, the wallpaper becomes the point of the home screen with icons and widgets designed around the wallpaper. Other users prefer to have the wallpaper as simply there in the background.
For my own devices, I prefer a darker wallpaper (regardless if my device has a LCD or OLED display) and I put lighter widgets on top. You’ll know this if you’ve been following my articles over the years that include a screen capture or two. I also like to put the same image onto all of my devices, and regular readers will know I usually pair up an Android-powered smartphone (as I write, the Wileyfox Swift 2) with a tablet (the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet). I also keep around a 2012 Nexus 7 for music, and I have a Toshiba Chromebook. Finding the right wallpaper that works on all devices can sometimes be quite the challenge! I’ve experimented with live clock wallpapers in the past and these can work well, but sometimes I simply want a pretty picture to look at.
There are many different wallpaper applications available on the Google Play Store. Some, such as the Google Wallpaper, do not allow individual wallpapers to be obviously downloaded to your device. Other apps require onerous permissions, such as the ability to look through my ‘phone book. No thanks! And from time to time we come across a wallpaper application that has sensible permissions, lots of great quality wallpapers, and the ability to save images to the device or share. Let me introduce Walldroid.
Before I write about Walldroid, given how it’s possible to find images via Google, or other search engines, why would we use a wallpaper application? There are a few reasons but mostly it’s about convenience; a good wallpaper app contains high quality, pre-picked wallpapers, which are freely available for use. Google Image searches will produce images that you might not be authorised to use on your device, and they might be the wrong size too.
Walldroid is a smartphone-optimised wallpaper application, which has many different types of wallpaper integrated into the application. The author uses open source image collections for the library and are categorised into more than fifteen groups. Example categories include Abstract, Flowers, Games, Minimal / Material, and Technology. There is no Cheesecake category, not yet, anyway. To use, it’s a case of picking the category, then swiping through the wallpapers on offer. You can mark one as a favourite, download it, share it via the Android sharing function and of course set it as a wallpaper. There’s also the option to shuffle wallpapers to display a random selection, bring up favourites and recently used images. Walldroid is ad-supported, but this didn’t put me off.
Currently, the Walldroid app is optimised for a smartphone experience, which means it does not support landscape screen orientation. However, because you can download wallpapers to the device, with a little manual input it’s possible to set up the perfect wallpaper for your device. Once an image has been downloaded onto your device you can edit or crop it as much as you need to for wallpaper purposes.
As such, Walldroid is a beautifully simple application to use with features that make it easy to share images across different devices. If you like to regularly change your smartphone’s wallpaper, this is a nifty little app. If you use a tablet and are wanting the ability to download wallpapers to tweak, Walldroid also has you covered: check out our gallery below, and the link to the Google Play Store entry!