One of the advantages of Android TV (Nexus Player and ADT-1) over Chromcast is that you can have a slideshow screensaver that will automatically turn on not only when the device is idle, but it will also come on when playing music. Chromecast only offers Backdrop, which will not display when you’re playing music. Backdrop is also limited in that you can only display photos from your Google+ account or other images that Google chooses, not to mention the transition speed is horrible. Android TV also offers Backdrop, but at this moment in time, it can’t be customized. However, you can still setup a highly customizable slideshow screensaver that can include your own photos from cloud services like Google+, Dropbox, and more. You can even set it to display other cool images from around the world. This screensaver will come on whenever your Android TV is idle, which means that it will also display when you’re streaming music from any service. Hit the break to find out how to do it.
If you have a Nexus 4 or a Galaxy Nexus that has been updated to Android 4.2, then now is your chance to unlock one of Google’s hidden Easter eggs within the OS. If you recall, Android 4.2 offers a new feature called “daydreams” which is essentially a screen-saver type of function. There’s five stock daydreams available, but there’s a hidden fifth one that’s unlockable if you access the Jelly Bean “Easter egg” animation where you repeatedly tap on the Android version within settings.
Once that’s done, the “BeanFlinger” daydream will be unlocked. You’ll be able to find it under Settings > Display > Daydreams. If you have an Android 4.2 device that supports Daydreams, then this should be available to you.
As always, have fun!