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Wallpapers vs Screen Savers

Discussion in 'Android Themes' started by isaemm, Feb 17, 2011.

  1. isaemm

    isaemm Android Enthusiast
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    So I have a question regarding screen savers and wallpapers. What are the differences? Probably an easy question but I would like some clarification.

    Thanks in advance.:thinking:
     

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  2. fadeout

    fadeout Well-Known Member

    Wallpapers are static and screen savers "move" to prevent the image from burning into screen thus saving the screen from damage. that's the only real difference between the two. not sure if this is what you're asking for but I hope it helps.
     
  3. isaemm

    isaemm Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Just wondering if there was any difference between screen savers on PCs as opposed to phones.

    Well then maybe someone can answer this question, I have a lot of wallpapers but how do I get ones that are actually full screen? All the ones Ive downloaded say they are specifically for the EVO but none are full screen.
     
  4. yohobojo

    yohobojo Android Enthusiast

    You can download wallpaper set and save to set them as wallpaper.
     
  5. wayrad

    wayrad Android Expert

    With Android you can have ordinary wallpapers on your home screen and also with some models you can have live (animated) wallpapers, also on your home screen. I don't know of anything that works like a true screensaver and activates during periods of inactivity. If your phone is inactive, the display will just go blank to conserve the battery.
     
  6. isaemm

    isaemm Android Enthusiast
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    I just thought maybe screensavers were full screen. I use multilive wallpaper and the wallpapers that I use don't fill the whole screen. The only ones that I can get full screen is the pictures I take from the phone.
     
  7. wayrad

    wayrad Android Expert

    Is Multilive an app? If so it is probably giving you wallpapers that are an incorrect resolution for your phone. If you pick (non-live) wallpapers using the menu button you can resize them (at least I can on my Droid Incredible), but it sounds like maybe you're picking them from inside an app that doesn't allow resizing. Or else they're live walls that are incorrect for your phone model - I can't find Multilive in the Market so I don't know.

    Anyway, whether something is a wall or a screensaver doesn't have anything to do with the size. I don't know of an official definition, but personally I'd only call it a screensaver if it pops up when the device is idle, no matter what app you're in, in order to prevent the screen from burning in. Which doesn't make sense for a device where conserving battery is crucial - you want that screen off if you're not using it for more than a couple of minutes. Oh, and screensavers don't have working icons and widgets on them - that would defeat the purpose. ;) So IMHO there is no such animal as an Android screensaver.
     
  8. isaemm

    isaemm Android Enthusiast
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    Yeah its an app but it just allows me to have different wallpapers on each ov my home screens as well shuffle my wallpapers. I get my wallpapers from coveroid and zedge.
     
  9. wayrad

    wayrad Android Expert

    OK, I haven't tried this app, but it sounds like maybe you are taking wide wallpapers meant to cover all the home screens (960 pixels wide by 800 pixels high if your phone is like mine) and trying to cram them into one screen, so the top and bottom are not filling the screen. You will need to crop your wallpapers to the length/width ratio of a single screen. I don't know the correct wdth offhand but you should be able to find it easily. I've heard there are apps to do the cropping on the phone, or you can just do it on the desktop with an image editing program.
     
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