Feeds
85%
Hologram Android app icon

Hologram Live

Liquid wallpaper

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Boost IT visibility and business value

Android App of the Week Android’s live wallpapers offer the kind of personalisation that iOS users can only dream about in their most fevered imaginings but I’m still not a fan because they don’t do your battery any favours and more often than not they make it difficult to see what else is on your screen.

But now I’ve found one - suggested by a reader; thanks Ted - that’s rather good. Called Hologram Live, it displays a box with a rotating 3D object suspended in the middle of it. Move your handset and the box and the object change their apparent position as if your point of view were changing.

Hologram Android app screenshotHologram Android app screenshot

I call these 'Red Thing in a Crate' (left) and 'The Doctor Will See You Now'

Yes, of course there’s nothing really 3D or holographic going on, it’s just optical ersatz. But it’s pretty impressive ersatz. It probably looks even better on a 3D phone though that’s still not a reason to buy one.

The killer feature is the huge amount of variation available. The shape and size of the object, the textures and colour of both object and background, the depth of field of the background, all can be changed as your whim and fancy dictate.

Hologram Android app screenshotHologram Android app screenshot

There are plenty of objects to pick from (left) and you can download more (right)

You can even opt to remove the background all-together and just have the object rotating in a black void.

Apart from the obvious advantage of being able to have a wallpaper scheme unlike any other Hologram Live user, you can set a colour scheme that still renders your screen usable for its primary function: looking at stuff.

Hologram Android app screenshotHologram Android app screenshot

Options abound (left) to change how the object appears on your phone

For all the optical trickery, the basic design is very simple and this overcomes another issue I have with live wallpapers: the effect is often diluted when looked at on a screen covered in widgets and icons. Here though the rotating object draws the eye to it and so enhances the overall effect.

RH Recommended Medal

The only thing lacking is an option to change the speed of the object’s rotation, and there is a slight pause when you flip between screens. But other than that it’s hard to find fault. All it needs now is a Princess Leia graphic. ®

Size 1.75MB
App2SD Yes

Hologram Android app QR code

We make our choice of the best Android smartphone and tablet downloads every Tuesday. It you think there's an app we should be considering, please let us know.

More Android App of the Week Winners

Paper
Camera
Cerberus DeskSMS RunPee Dual File
Manager XT

The essential guide to IT transformation

85%
Hologram Android app icon

Hologram Live

Animated desktop wallpaper with a little depth
Price: £0.61 RRP

More from The Register

next story
Apple takes blade to 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display
Shaves price, not screen on mid-2014 model
iPhone 6 flip tip slips in Aussie's clip: Apple's 'reversible USB' leaks
New plug not compatible with official Type-C, according to fresh rumors
Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech
Sadly Navdy kit doesn't include Sidewinder missile to blast traffic
FEAST YOUR EYES: Samsung's Galaxy Alpha has an 'entirely new appearance'
Wow, it looks like nothing else on the market, for sure
YES YES YES! Apple patents mousy, pressure-sensing iVibrator
Fanbois prepare to experience the great Cupertin-O
Steve Jobs had BETTER BALLS than Atari, says Apple mouse designer
Xerox? Pff, not even in the same league as His Jobsiness
TV transport tech, part 1: From server to sofa at the touch of a button
You won't believe how much goes into today's telly tech
Things are looking up in Flappy Bird sequel
'Swing Copters' offers the same gameplay but in a different direction
NVIDIA claims first 64-bit ARMv8 SoC for Androids
Mile-High 'Denver' Tegra K1 successor said to rival PC performance
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.