Live wallpapers

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by DashSatan, Dec 18, 2011.

  1. DashSatan macrumors 6502

    Mar 29, 2011
    Will iOS ever support live wallpapers? Like real ones. From what I hear whatever the app market has are all cheap knock offs.
  2. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Who knows? There is nothing offocial slated as far as live wallpapers are concerned. My guess is they will do it eventually (maybe iOS 10) and claim that it took this long because they were the first to do it right.
  3. verwon macrumors 68030


    Jul 26, 2011
    Major battery drain! I tried quite a few on Android and they all do it.
  4. PNutts macrumors 601


    Jul 24, 2008
    Pacific Northwest, US
    I would like to have live wallpapers what people come up with. I have Fahrenheit which updates the badge with the current temperature. It would be great to have more. On a bad day my battery only goes down to around 50% so if a live wallpaper drains the battery I say, "Bring it on!".
  5. DroidRules macrumors 65816

    Aug 10, 2010
    There used to be some jb apps that let you put on different live wp's. I really liked a few of them. Not sure why they aren't around any more.... well maybe they are but I don't have them uploaded.
  6. aleni macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2006
    it gets old believe me. it's the least feature i want for the iPhone.

    used it on my galaxy s2 before, major battery drain, swiping becomes not as smooth, especially with some widgets on it.
  7. SurferMan macrumors 65816

    May 14, 2010
    South FL
    I have Ice Galaxy running on my S2 and see really no difference in battery life vs a 'still' wallpaper. And no lag or loss of smoothness, it's still as smooth as butter when swiping. And with that wallpaper it's cool when you swipe either direction and the flow of it switches to the direction your swiping. I'm running the Sense Analog Glass Clock and Weather, looks slick with that wallpaper.

    OP - I still have some live wallpapers, even custom ones that I used on my jb'd iphone. I think I used to run vwallper for them which comes with a couple. But then you could download custom ones/themes and ssh the files to the root of vwallpaper to use. I had a really nice setup with these see through icons (not glass) and a very cool wallpaper actually similar to the Ice Galaxy running on my S2. I did notice some battery drain over normal running that but nothing detrimental, but I also had a lot of custom tweaks done to that phone as well
  8. kdarling macrumors P6


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    Correctly done live wallpapers (I've written one) have minimal effect on the battery.

    The main reason is because they usually only run when you're actually looking at a homescreen... and that's not that often. Usually you turn on your phone, look, find the info or start an app, and you no longer see the background.

    Depends on the wallpaper, too. For example, one that simply changes static backgrounds can use as little as 15 seconds of CPU time a day. At the other end of the spectrum, a highly interactive one could use 15 seconds of CPU every minute of viewing, but again how long are you actually looking at a homescreen?

    To cause battery issues, you'd have to sit there keeping the screen alive just to enjoy a background animation, and that's conceptually no different than sitting and watching a video or using a game app.
  9. mattraehl macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2005
    Honest question, is there a point to having a live wallpaper or is it just an "Oooh shiny!" sort of thing?
  10. mysterioustko macrumors 6502

    May 7, 2011
    Live wallpapers account for a very minimal amount of battery drain. If you ever used an app that shows what is using the battery you'd notice that typically live wallpapers account for less than 1% of battery use. Even more complex live wallpapers still only have a small amount of battery usage.


    the same point of having a wallpaper...
  11. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Look at your percentages, remove what you can't prevent from draining power (like display power). Recalculate the percentages. Now does it make a difference? Not saying it is a huge number now, but it's definitely not negligible.
  12. mysterioustko macrumors 6502

    May 7, 2011
    I don't think you're getting what I'm saying. Of all the things that consume the battery, the percentage accounted for by the live wallpaper is negligible. I'm not talking about the battery screen in the settings. I'm talking about something like "where's my droid power" that breaks everything down from apps to processes. Yes it is a very small amount of battery, not enough to be concerned about.
  13. mattraehl macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2005
    Fair enough, just making sure I wasn't missing something.
  14. iceterminal macrumors 68000


    May 25, 2008
    Dallas Tx.
  15. Stealthipad macrumors 68040


    Apr 30, 2010
    It does not seem to make any difference on my Galaxy S2 if I use the live wallpapers v.s. the normal ones.
  16. SurferMan macrumors 65816

    May 14, 2010
    South FL
    If I could fig' out a way to post a video of my screen on my SGII (is there like a 'capture' program to use for vids kinda like taking a snapshot of the screen?) I would post a clip.

    But here's a clip of it I found from youtube that I'm using on my SGII:

    I'm using the Sense Glass Analog Clock and Weather widget so it look's very cool yet clean on the home screen as it's designed well and you can see the wallpaper (live or still) through it. And yeh like mentioned above, I've seen no real difference in battery life maybe a % here and there, so people thinking it drains are on crack lol, you'd have to have your phone stay on constantly on the screen to see it drain, and who does that? lol.

    Same thing for my iPhone except I noticed a bit more drain vs still wallpapers, and that could be b/c iOS doesn't handle it built in like Android does, as you have to use either vwallpaper or winterboard I believe, and if i recall I used vwallpaper b/c it handled them better as winterboard would glitch sometimes and have more battery drain running them.
  17. kdarling macrumors P6


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    Most are just for fun... kind of like some of the UI animations common to smartphones these days... but it depends on the wallpaper and what you want.

    For instance, I mostly use one that does nothing more than display (fade in) a different static wallpaper for each homepage. This allows me to instantly recognize which page I'm on, without paying too much attention.

    Others use live wallpapers that are more like a giant widget seen as a background on every homepage. E.g. a map of your current location. Weather and/or light conditions outside. System status. All useful info to some people.

    There's even a live wallpaper that replaces the background with the view from the rear camera! You can be looking directly at your homepage and see what's happening behind it without anyone knowing you can... and yet still see incoming info on the screen widgets.
  18. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    There is little value in a live wallpaper short of one I found for my droid that bundled a clock, battery percentage meter, wifi network status, and weather all into one. They all drained the battery faster, some more than others, and all are pretty much a gimmick.
  19. UCLAKoolman macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2010
    vWallpaper app on Cydia. Does not run in the background either so there is no noticeable battery drain.

    Haven't missed video wallpapers in my 4S though, and I turned off live wallpapers on my android tablet because they were distracting and made homescreen switching laggy.

    And what is up with all the android smartphone users trolling this iPhone forum? Go enjoy your phones and stop bugging us!
  20. SurferMan macrumors 65816

    May 14, 2010
    South FL
    yeh vWallpaper is what I used, winterboard live wallpapers would drain and some had glitches with it.. so you could have all your live wallpapers and ssh them to vwallpaper to run. That's what I did.

    I'm no troll though, I have two iPhones and this SGII :D
  21. Sedrick macrumors 68030


    Nov 10, 2010
    Not too much point to a live wallpaper on a tiny 3.5" screen jam packed with icons.
  22. ahhboi macrumors regular

    Jan 9, 2012
    Hi, would you mind sharing some of your videos and widgets please? :)

    I'm using vwallpaper2 as I think they looks cool, but there are many things I'm still not familiar with and I think many people here are not using them. :(
  23. sentinelsx macrumors 68010

    Feb 28, 2011
    They get boring after a while. And on android they are a major source of lag too.

    I took off the live wallpaper from the galaxy tab 10.1 once, the performance jump alone was astonishing. So no thanks.
  24. PaulyD macrumors 6502


    Nov 16, 2010
    I'll pass on live wallpapers too. Don't see the appeal personally

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