written by: Daniel Kolobaric•edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 6/1/2011
There are loads of wallpapers available for Android devices, but they can sometimes be hard to find. Luckily there are many apps available in the Android Market that will do the finding for you. Read this overview of the best options available!
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Although your Android device may act very much like a pocket computer, it is sometimes not easy to quickly set a wallpaper. As the Android device requires a specific size, it can be quite tedious to find or create an appropriate wallpaper for yourself. As we have previously seen, there is now the possibility to have live wallpapers on Android. All these various options and requirements can be quite confusing at times and therefore it is very useful that dedicated wallpaper applications exist in the Android Market. Here are a few of the best ones.
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‘Backgrounds’ is perhaps the best known and most used wallpaper app for Android. The database consists of more than 10,000 wallpapers designed for your Android device and is growing. The application has been around for quite a long time and is therefore guaranteed to have something for everyone. Wallpapers are sorted by popularity or by category with the possibility to create your own database of favorite wallpapers. It even trims your photos to the appropriate size for you and does it all for free.
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Zedge is an application that combines offerings of Android wallpapers and ringtones. Although its main focus is on Android ringtones, the database of wallpapers still includes close to 20,000 pictures. Zedge is a polished application that is easy to navigate. Wallpapers can be sorted in a variety of ways and are categorized as well. Zedge is free in the Android Market.
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Flikie Wallpapers HD
Flikie Wallpapers HD differs from the other wallpaper apps by mimicking the ‘Cooliris’ Android picture viewer. With a database of over 15,000 the wallpaper collection is vast. Visually, Flikie is pleasant to use although the app is heavy in graphics and effects and therefore not suitable for older devices. Flikie Wallpapers HD is available for free.
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Coveroid Wallpapers HD
Coveroid Wallpapers HD is an application that has a similar look and feel to ‘Backgrounds’. Essentially it also does not work that much differently. As usual, wallpapers are categorized and selectable by popularity. The database is quite big with almost 40,000 individual backgrounds. There is also a feature to share your findings or save them for later use. Coveroid Wallpapers HD is free in the Android Market.
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Although the title may suggest differently, these are all separate wallpaper applications provided by the same developer. If you want a wallpaper dedicated to your favorite team, whether active in the NFL, NBA or MLB, these application have got you covered. Choose the wallpaper with your team logo and set it as your Android background. Each of these applications is available for free.
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Cool Wallpapers HD
Cool Wallpapers HD has a gallery of over 15,000 backgrounds available for your Android device. In thumbnail view, the application shows nine wallpapers at a time. The application supports swipe gestures, which makes it quite pleasant to browse around the various pages with wallpapers. The major disadvantage, however, is that wallpapers load quite slowly. Features are a bit limited but in the end it will still do a great job in finding good wallpapers. Cool Wallpapers HD is available for free.
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HD wallpapers is a bit different to other wallpaper apps on Android in that it presents the options in a large, mosaic-like, panel on your phone. This has, as a main advantage, the benefit of allowing you to quickly browse large numbers of wallpapers, which is potentially time saving. However, the pictures have now become so small that it is easy to miss that one great background and it is hard to distinguish them from each other at times. Nevertheless, the app is visually appealing and does everything most other Android wallpaper apps do as well and does it all for free!
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Not very surprisingly, the essence of Superhero Wallpapers is all in the title. This wallpaper collection application for Android focuses on Superhero wallpapers and does a fine job in doing so. The superheroes are based on their comic book equivalents and not movies and the likes. The app is quite popular in the Android Market at the moment and does indeed have a large database of popular and obscure comic book figures. The application is available for free in the Android Market.
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The need for Wallpaper Apps on Android
Changing your wallpapers on your Android device is one of the easiest methods to quickly theme your Android device. As this article shows, there are plenty of background applications available in the Android Market, and all of them are free. Most of them also have an impressive database of wallpapers available, which makes them all very relevant. Unfortunately there still aren’t any options that put live wallpapers together, but Google has created a separate category for them in the Android Market.
Most applications that aim at the same kind of audience will also have similar wallpapers in their inventory so it doesn’t really matter whichever one you choose. Good luck prettifying your precious Android phone!
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Black Hat Designs Developers Page, https://market.android.com/developer?pub=Black+Hat+Designs
Cool Wallpapers HD by Kappboom, http://www.kappboom.com/
SRSDev HD Wallpapers, https://market.android.com/details?id=com.srsdev.wallpapers&feature=search_result