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Old November 15th, 2009, 05:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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On my PC desktop I can choose to have NO wallpaper. Is this possible on Droid? If not, add to list of requests

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you could just make a blank color wallpaper could you not?
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just create a wallpaper of whatever color your want..
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why don't you just cover the camera take a pic on choose that as your background
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Looking at using DxTop which is having wallpaper issues which made me think to ask this.
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Default Plain BG's

Saw your post about "blank" wallpaper...

If you're still looking for a good solution, try COLORS from the app store. It has just plain color backgrounds.
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why don't you just cover the camera take a pic on choose that as your background
Is this really a solution to what the OP is asking?
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Yup. It might not be the most sophisticated or elegant solution but it is a solution.
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I like a solid black wallpaper so I just went to google images and typed in "black" then filter results by size. This is how I get all my wallpapers.
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Is this really a solution to what the OP is asking?
It absolutely is a solution. If all he/she wants is a black background, I would say there is no easier way. Finding a black picture on the internet would require you to open browser, search, find a good picture, save it, open the gallery, set the wallpaper. The camera way you open camera, take picture, go to gallery, set as wallpaper.
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Black wallpaper = take a pic with your finger over the lens. nice.
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He asked if there is a way to choose to have no wallpaper as an option. He didn't ask if he could have black wallpaper.
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even if you could choose "none" would'nt you still need to select a color or would it just be white ?
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He asked if there is a way to choose to have no wallpaper as an option. He didn't ask if he could have black wallpaper.
There has to be something there. A solid color wallpaper is the closest you will get to no wallpaper. If there was an option for no wallpaper all that would actually be happening is it would be using a black image as the wallpaper or some other color. Thats what windows does essentially.
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Okay? What would a "no wallpaper" homescreen look like then? A transparent background that lets you see the phone's internals?

Better contact dxTop's dev and poke him about wallpaper problems, if there are any.
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Okay? What would a "no wallpaper" homescreen look like then? A transparent background that lets you see the phone's internals?

Better contact dxTop's dev and poke him about wallpaper problems, if there are any.
THIS!!! ^^^

Not to get OT, but has anyone considered disassembling their phone and arranging the internals so you could take a top view picture of them and use it as a wallpaper? That way it looks like you're seeing straight through into the phone. That would be awesome!!!
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Okay? What would a "no wallpaper" homescreen look like then? A transparent background that lets you see the phone's internals?

That would be so cool !!!
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THIS!!! ^^^

Not to get OT, but has anyone considered disassembling their phone and arranging the internals so you could take a top view picture of them and use it as a wallpaper? That way it looks like you're seeing straight through into the phone. That would be awesome!!!
No, but that's a great idea!!
How bout we open up YOUR phone, and we'll snap the picture with
mine.
I'll share the photo with you if you were able to get it all back together.
Correctly...
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there is a paid live wallpaper in the market that looks like a circut board with lights and is interactive.
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Old July 28th, 2010, 12:24 PM   #20 (permalink)
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No, but that's a great idea!!
How bout we open up YOUR phone, and we'll snap the picture with
mine.
I'll share the photo with you if you were able to get it all back together.
Correctly...
Honestly, I'm completely up for that. I love taking things apart!!! And I have an 80% success rate at reassembly. So, LETS GO!!! Tell me when and where...
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Yep, I've got the aCircuit Board live wallpaper. Very cool too; it's got fans and LED indicators and everything, and reacts to touches.
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o just use the black one from launcher pro. its not solid but close to it.
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Default The reason to have NO Wallpaper

is that displaying a picture, even a black one, or live wallpaper requires power, even if only a very small amount. No Wallpaper would not require any power.
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is that displaying a picture, even a black one, or live wallpaper requires power, even if only a very small amount. No Wallpaper would not require any power.
I think there has to be a default background... it has to display something. Taking no battery would require dimming of the whole screen, you can't just dim parts of a screen.
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is that displaying a picture, even a black one, or live wallpaper requires power, even if only a very small amount. No Wallpaper would not require any power.
I see that you are trying to say it would take processing power to render a wallpaper that is completely black for example, but really it's negligible.

As far as the power going to the screen, it would be the same regardless of whether you have a black wallpaper, a still image, or a live wallpaper.
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I'd be willing to take my phone apart to get the "Droid circuit board" picture. Plus, it'd let me fix my stupid dying headphone jack.

But yeah, back when I wanted a black wallpaper, I actually did take a picture with my finger over the lens and set it as the wallpaper. Either way, you'll be using power to render that part of the screen so that's the easiest way to do it and there really are no benefits to doing that. Pretty much any non-live wallpaper will work fine if you're just concerned about battery life.
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I'm not reading through all this but it seems you're looking for something that will not sap battery.

I haven't done it, but changing the rendering effect to, I believe, red, or something like that gives you better battery life. How much better, I dunno, but you'll look like a tool with your screen like that.

Try a gray background. It should definitely be easy on the eyes and possibly for the screen too.
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Default Shameless plug for an app that does this...

I've just finished an app that allows you to set the wallpaper (i.e. screen background) to any colour you like. It's called Colour Bam!

I actually initially built it to name colours and pick colours using your camera or from your gallery. But there's also an option to select some colour you have found or created as the wallpaper. Pretty good for giving your phone a nice simple look, and saving battery I guess.

Colour Bam on AndroidZoom
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Default No wallpaper is not an option

From the many responses, there is evidently no way to select no wallpaper (not black, but null).
Black is a good choice, however, since black means the screen is inactive and thus not draining precious battery life. If you use the Android camera to make a black wallpaper, turn off the flash.
And why, in forums, can't just be silent when they don't have an answer. It is OK not to know something.
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Don't LCD screens take more power to render black than white, since the colour on these screens is created by activating crystals to block out the backlight? I believe AMOLED screens are the only ones where black saves more power than white.

Everyone who pointed out that the difference is negligible is right, though. You'll use up more power in the ten seconds it would take you to re-set your wallpaper than you would ever gain, even over the length of the phone's life.
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Penguissimo is spot-on with that explanation. Especially the part about how trying to save battery life with this method is useless.
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Default No Wallpaper vs black image wallpaper

If you use a black image for your wallpaper wouldn't that still consume system resources like any other image - excluding battery power?
The black image like any other would have to be held in memory.
No wallpaper on the other hand should in theory not consume any resources.
A pixel should by default be off unless the os our some process wants to turn it on.

But maybe I'm completely wrong.
Anyone know for sure?

If I'm right then no wallpaper should be provided as an option.

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The problem is that, as far as the phone is concerned, there's no such thing as "no wallpaper". It's not like a sheet of paper, where anything that's not drawn on is "blank", and the system can save resources by only telling the screen about the "non-blank" parts. It would probably take way MORE system resources to be constantly calculating which part of the screen counts as "blank" and only drawing those parts, and even then it wouldn't do you any good because the phone still needs to send a complete image to the video hardware.

And this is all made moot by the fact that the amount of system resources required to store and draw a static wallpaper is so miniscule as to be basically nothing in the grand scheme of things. By far the biggest power drain on these phones is the actual light-producing part of the screen, not the hardware that tells the screen what to draw. After that you have the radios (especially if you have 4G), GPS when you're using it, the CPU, the GPU if you're playing intensive games, etc.

This whole discussion is like trying to find the most aerodynamic set of tire valve caps so you can save gas when towing a trailer with your SUV.

edit: Setting your wallpaper to black will save a bit ofpower on an AMOLED screen, but only because on an AMOLED screen, black pixels are actually off. This is a function of the screen technology, not the phone specifically telling the screen to display "nothing" there—as far as the phone is concerned, that area is black, not blank.
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I see that you are trying to say it would take processing power to render a wallpaper that is completely black for example, but really it's negligible.

As far as the power going to the screen, it would be the same regardless of whether you have a black wallpaper, a still image, or a live wallpaper.
That's true on LCD screens, but on more modern AMOLED screens there is no back-light and the pixels are off where you see black. Creating black on a AMOLED screen consists of turning OFF the pixels in the black area. So the larger the black area, the less power consumed. The Motorola Photon has a Pentile LCD screen and the back-light is always on, even with a black background.
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Default No Wallpaper does the job!

Hi Guys,

Try No Wallpaper by Mihai Preda it is available in the app store for free and doesn't require any permissions.

Someone suggested this in one of the forums and I downloaded it today.

It is nice because the background isn't really showing a black wallpaper instead it looks like when the phone is off and there is no background.
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