Irrespective of the fact that most users aren’t aware or have displayed any interest in the Android 4.2 update Daydream, it didn’t take long before some creative developers started working on the apps for this OS version. It is important to note that due to the lack of interest and because Daydream is currently not available for most Android users, the vast majority of apps for the new feature are less than optimal.
However, not all apps lack performance and quality and some of them even allow users to explore the full potential of Daydream. Let’s go over the top 5 Android apps that fall under this category.
While a couple of months ago the Clock plus DayDream app was making the tops of the worst applications for Androids, its rating turned around 180 degrees after the launch of Daydream. The main role of the app is to transform a rather boring screen-lock display into a functional and appealing desk clock screensaver. Thanks to Clock plus DayDream users can find out whether they have unread mail, SMS, next alarm, missed calls and obviously, the current date and time. Overall, the app provides that little extra polish your smartphone screen needs.
Flipboard was not only the very first app to be integrated in the Daydream update, but it is also one of the most practical applications for the 4.2 version. In case you aren’t familiar with this app, then it is necessary to mention that Flipboard is designed to bring together news and social network updates, all carefully arranged to look like a magazine. Considering that Flipboard comes with a bundle of options to meet any needs and preferences, it is a must-have app for anyone who enjoys catching up with international, formal and informal events.
In the eventuality that the Clock plus DayDream is just too boring for your taste, then it’s time to learn more about the Weather DayDream Screensaver. As you probably guessed from the name of the app, this is essentially a screensaver that displays various statuses related to the weather in your location. In spite of the fact that the app was frowned upon due to its over-simplistic design, the truth is that Weather DayDream screensaver is the cleanest app of its type.
Speaking of interesting screensavers for when you are not using your smartphone, the Daydream Quotes app is definitely worth a look. As the name of the application suggests its main function consists of popping various famous quotes on the screen while the device is in the daydream mode. Even though it is a rather basic concept, it is also ingenious especially thanks to the assortment of quotes, personalities and smooth fade animation.
The app currently integrates two options, namely one that allows you to select the size of the text and another where you can set the frequency of the quotes’ cycle. While most users are satisfied with the app in its current form, some of them suggested the integration of an option that allows you to add your own quotes.
Considering that Kittehface Software is among the best live screensavers developer, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that their newest creations integrate incredible well with Daydream. Perhaps one of the most spectacular apps in this sense is the Clock Tower screensaver, a breathtaking live wallpaper that captures the very essence of the new Android update. The seamless stream of light through stained glass combined with the complex and accurate machinery mechanisms is truly incredible.
Furthermore, the Clock Tower 3D live screensaver currently supports light shifting according to the time of the day. On a side note, while the live wallpapers come in free version, in case you are interested in accessing various customization options then that will cost you a modicum sum of $0.99.
A final thought
Granted, Daydream has not been out for that long and developers are just starting to notice its potential. However, if we were to declare a winner from the Daydream apps listed here, then there can be only one, namely Flipboard. While it gained its popularity on the iOS platform, the Android version works just as efficiently and very little is “lost in translation”, so to speak.