28 March 2012
Now that nearly a year has passed since Cloudyvolve was pushed live, an update was necessary. The new version adds some nice dimension to the old, with the same “floaty” experience. I still claim it is the only globally-static, soothing Android wallpaper.
- Location-aware sun position. Using the device's physical location, Cloudyvolve determines sunrise and sunset times (among others) and customizes its display pattern and colors accordingly. The old, per-hour color scheme is still available, and is active by default. To change, click the Settings button on the wallpaper preview screen.
- Location-aware weather. Along with the position of the sun, the background can now change with ambient weather, in this case cloud cover; the cloudier the actual day, the greyer the skies in Cloudyvolve. To keep data usage low, the weather status is updated only hourly, so don't expect a sudden burst of sun to be represented. This feature is also deactivated by default, but is available through the Settings button.
- Improved CPU performance. There was an odd bug in the original release that caused the wallpaper to crash the moment it was activated; rebooting the phone fixed this problem. Good news: the bug is no more! Cloudyvolve was always battery-friendly, but now your phone will be even happier.
What's upcoming (if not in short order)