Skyline is an Android wallpaper that gives you a live(ish) bird’s-eye view of your location
If you’re looking for that augmented reality aesthetic for your Android wallpaper, and live stock photos of San Francisco Bay aren’t cutting it, oh boy, are you in luck.
Skyline, an app that uses 3D terrain data pulled straight from MapBox, is able to show you a bird’s-eye view of your exact location, showing you what it looks like from above. It even includes a parallax effect, meaning you can tilt your phone in all different directions to see more of your location.
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What’s even more remarkable is that even if you get bored of bird’s-eye views of the suburban streets of England, you can manually enter in the coordinates of a more aesthetically pleasing locale, before zooming in and panning before setting it live.
This means you can see breathtaking, interactive shots of the Saharan Desert, for example, which aren’t merely stock photos, from your lock screen. You can also set it so that the app shifts images when you swipe through your apps, or by unlocking your phone.
Skyline additionally gives you the option to adjust the depth settings, giving you more control over which frame of the image you want to set live.
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Here’s the catch though, while it looks live, it isn’t really real-time. Since the satellite isn’t constantly taking pictures of every area in the world every second, it uses the most recent satellite image taken instead, but that’s probably as live as you’re going to get.
These features don’t come for free, though. Skyline is £1.79 from the Google Play Store, but we think it’s a bargain investment for the ability to stare at beautifully interactive bird’s-eye pictures for hours on end.