While there are frequent unexplained changes and pushes to Google's AOSP repositories, an interesting-looking new branch has been pushed out recently, called "master-soong". Taking a look at the changes made to the manifest repository (which is used to specify the repositories to be downloaded when building Android), it appears there are some new repositories making an appearance. Of note here are new prebuilt repositories for Go, and Ninja. Go is a programming language, created by Google, which compiles to produce...
500 Firepaper Update to 1.6 Adds Muzei Support
Device customization is a great thing, and one of the best places to begin is your home screen wallpaper. To that end, Android has allowed users to define custom wallpapers since its inception—something that took the competition quite a few tries to get right. However, sometimes it becomes tiresome manually changing your wallpaper to suit your mood.
We first talked about 500 Firepaper by XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire back in November of last year. The legendary developer’s application keeps your home screens looking new and fresh with automatically updating wallpapers sourced from the photography site 500px.
Ever since 500 Firepaper’s release, it’s been continually updated with new features such as the ability to disable the parallax effect, an NSFW switch, a history browser, and more. And now in version 1.6, Chainfire has added another major feature: the ability to act as an image provider for Roman Nurik’s Muzei live wallpaper app thanks to Muzei’s open source content provider API. Thus by using 500 Firepaper 1.6 in conjunction with Muzei, you can now enjoy the benefits of both on the same device, and at the same time.
There are a few quirks to keep in mind when using 500 Firepaper as an image provider for Muzei, especially in portrait mode on certain devices. For example, using a Nexus 5 with the Google Experience Launcher in Portrait mode causes the default screen to view the left portion of a background image. Furthermore, images are only changed when you are viewing them. That said, these issues are hardly deal breakers for most users.
You can learn more about the changes and potential issues in version 1.60 by visiting Chainfire’s release notes on Google+. And if you’d like to jump in on the 500 Firepaper action and give the app a shot, head over to the application thread if you haven’t already.
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