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An Android version of Wallpaper Engine is coming (Update: Get it now!)
- Wallpaper Engine for Android is here now, slightly later than anticipated. It is free to use.
- Those wallpapers can be fully dynamic, including music visualizers.
- You’ll need the paid Windows version of the app so you can sync wallpapers via LAN.
Update, November 29, 2021 (10:30 AM ET): After a bit of a delay, you can finally install Wallpaper Engine for Android. The app is totally free to use, which is great. However, to take full advantage of the Android version you’ll also need the paid Windows version from Steam. That app is just $3.99, though, so it’s not going to bust your wallet.
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Original article, September 23, 2021 (02:22 PM ET): An Android version of the popular PC wallpaper app Wallpaper Engine is “coming soon,” most likely in October or early November, according to its namesake developer.
The app will serve as a free extension of the $4 Windows software, letting people transfer their desktop collections to Android phones and tablets via a local Wi-Fi network, the Wallpaper Engine Team said via its Steam page. There won’t be any ads or in-app purchases, but the link with the Windows app is necessary since Android users can’t access Steam Workshop add-ons directly.
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Wallpapers sent to Android devices will also need to be converted into a mobile-compatible format, but will still be dynamic, complete with customizable settings such as speed and colors. In fact, music visualizers are making the cut as well, which could make for some particularly impressive home screens. People worried about performance or battery life will be able to toggle features like framerate caps.
The Android port is said to be an “intensive undertaking,” but an obvious next step, given Android’s large user base. The work done is expected to lay the groundwork for “any future potential ports,” though the only real options in that regard are Mac and Linux — iOS and iPadOS have extremely limited customization options.