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Advanced Map Live Wallpaper for Android
If you’re a fan of Live Wallpaper, here’s a twist on the usual animations. XDA forum member David Horn has developed Advanced Map Live Wallpaper, which allows you to use your favourite map as a Live Wallpaper showing your current position.
The application is open source and draws on code from Rmaps2 and the AndNav library. Maps include a choice of Ordnance Survey, Google, Satellite, Bing, OpenStreetMap and USD VFR and IFR charts.
Originally posted by David Horn:
- Wide selection of maps
- Battery friendly – it uses network locations and shuts down whenever the homescreen isn’t available
- Data friendly – aggressive caching means that you should only need to download a map tile once
- Variable zoom on all maps
- Accuracy circle (can be switched off)
Currently in beta, the dev has requested that any feedback be posted in the thread, instead of leaving a low rating on the app.
Advanced Map Live Wallpaper is available to download free from the Market.
You can find more information in the application thread.
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