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Follow the Creation of a Live Wallpaper
Metastable, creator of the Epic Audio Visualizer live wallpaper collection, has recently decided to share some of the knowledge behind the developer’s ingenious creations through a thread in which the steps of creating a new live wallpaper are detailed.
While designing and creating a live wallpaper reproduction of Canadian musician Deadmau5’s current concert set, Metastable thought the XDA community would be interested to know what really goes into masterminding an example of one of the most popular cosmetic features of the Android platform.
By following the thread, users can read the code that is required for various effects and observe the direct outcome of tweaking such information. Also included are screenshots of the work-in-progress and notes on what the developer plans to do next – expect to see updates to the post as Metastable makes more progress.
If you (like myself) are interested in software development but do not know enough to create your own projects, following a build thread such as Metastable’s could be a perfect start.
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