Are you still using the stock wallpaper that came with your phone? Maybe you’re using a custom image or photo.
If you want to experience something completely different (with a nod to Monty Python), check out Deepify.
Deepify is an Android wallpaper utility that brings a fascinating moving 3D image to your phone by generating 3D models from depth-mapped photos.
You can move around the perspective of the image just by tilting your phone and the resulting effect is quite impressive.
There’s a bit of a tricky installation but the devs provide detailed instructions on how to do it and we had no problem getting it up and running. It uses the Unity engine so you’ll see that logo as part of the startup process.
Since this app, from Games by Dad, only works with 3D images, it’s important that you provide the proper file for it to work with. You can use an image provided (2 in the case of the free version), or use a “depth enhanced” image in 32-bit per pixel png or standard jpg formats.
Once installed it starts showing the selected image in 3D behind your icons, or to really enjoy the effect, on a blank screen with no icons.
There are some very cool effects included with this app. From streaming doughnuts to a waterfall effect to a helicopter with a searchlight that you can move around by touching different parts of the screen.
If you like the animation you can export it as an animated gif or an Android boot animation. Additional options are available if you upgrade to the Pro version ($5.99).
Appearance and Layout
It’s pretty obvious that the developer who built this app really know what he’s doing with 3D photo effects. The app is slick and is very entertaining.
The basic moving 3D effect is easy to get up and running and by default tips are periodically displayed to help you along. You can add your own photo to the app but the free version only has slots for 2 images. It’s also important to note that only “depth enhanced” photos are usable. One app that can create photos with the appropriate 3D meta data is Google Camera using the Lens Blur feature.
We did have to restart it a couple of times on our Galaxy S4 running Android 5.01, but it never crashed in wallpaper mode, only when we were trying to make changes to an option.
We were very impressed with this app and if you’re looking for something new to check out or a way to show off the power of your new phone to your friends, this is it.
It will take a bit of effort to get the most out of it, but if you like to tinker with apps and play around, you’ll have a blast with Deepify.
We would like to see an alternate photo app recommended for creating depth enhanced photos, however, since Google Camera, the only one specifically named, requires just about every permission, including access to contacts. We’re careful about what permissions we agree to, and so should you.
Finally it’s a somewhat heavy download at 143MB, so we suggest you download it over wifi.
Overall, Deepify is a fun and entertaining visual experience. Check it out and let us know what you think.
Deepify requires Android 4.4 and up. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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