Chameleon

This week, we dig into Android’s latest launcher, Chameleon, along with this week’s special guest Phill, from their development team.  Screen real estate, widgets, and home screens based on a context system make Chameleon extremely powerful. Chameleon, now in private beta, will soon be launching an SDK system to allow developers from all walks of life to create additional widgets.  Don’t worry Kickstarter backers, you’ll be getting your invites in the next few days. Chameleon has a lot of potential and they keep adding functionality. Keep an eye on this application, it’s going to get better. Google’s Wallet grows up,…

Chameleon

The Chameleon Launcher has truly been one of the most successful Kickstarter projects of late, and not only did it manage to get its financial backing really fast, but it has also become reality blazingly quick. As promised, the custom user interface for Android tablets has been made available in Google Play in “early August”, though the app is still not out of beta. Therefore, for the time being, only Kickstarter supporters will be able to install and use the overlay. We’re expecting Chameleon to get out of beta and be released as a fully functional and available for all…

playstore

Google is continuing its series of videos about the Nexus 7 on YouTube, to get people more interested in it and see how it works. The latest ones are the Google Apps video, and now the Google Play video. While I wish Google promoted even more heavily the Nexus 7 and the Nexus experience in general on TV, to get the mainstream interested in Google’s stock Android experience, releasing videos on Youtube is also a good promotion strategy for the younger crowd who searches YouTube for anything. This new Google Play video for Nexus 7 puts the emphasis on the Nexus 7′s…

chameleon pre-order

While not all Kickstarter projects have their happy ending, we should give some props to the developers of Chameleon for keeping users abreast on the latest of their awesome Android launcher. The team has also done a commendable job in meeting the targeted release date of the app. To return the goodwill of early backers and supporters, those who have pledged their support will get to test out the beta version of Chameleon really soon. The beta release of the app was announced on their Kickstarter webpage. According to the Chameleon team, the app will be available to download on…

chameleon-front

It sure has been a roller coaster ride for the folks at Chameleon. After receiving more than the required pledges for their Kickstarter project, the whole campaign had to be restarted due to an error. But things are certainly looking up, as they have successfully garnered enough pledges on day one of the re-listing. The developers haven’t been resting on their laurels, as work on the app is still ongoing and the Chameleon Home Screen Systems now includes support for 7-inch tablets and even phones! Good to know that the Chameleon team is listening to what the public has been…

Chameleon Kickstarter

When Bogdan first introduced the revolutionary Chameleon launcher back in March, the developers (Teknision) were undergoing negotiations with several Android manufacturers for integrating their unique homescreen in future Android tablets. Fast forward a couple of months, and Adrian reported that these negations have failed and that Teknision decided to turn Chameleon into a Kickstarter campaign, aiming to raise $50k in pledges before June 15, so that the app can make its way into Google Play at some point during September. Unfortunately, I’m now here to report that, although Teknision did manage to raise the $50k they were hoping for, the…

Chameleon

We’ve reported about the Chameleon project a couple of times before at Android Authority. Developed by Teknision, a Canadian user experience design house in Ottawa, Chameleon is an Android tablet user interface with a twist. Just like its color-changing namesake, Teknision’s UI changes its appearance to adapt to the user that happens to be using the tablet at the moment. The first time we wrote about Chameleon, Teknision’s chief head Gabor Vida said that the company is in talks with a manufacturer to bring the UI to Android devices. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) the talks didn’t pan out, and Teknision decided…

Chameleon

Those of you who’ve been watching our website for more than a little while might remember an article from a couple of months back talking about Chameleon. More than just an UX overlay, Teknision’s project looked like something that could really revolutionize the way we interact with our Android-based tablets, making Google’s OS a more personal and “alive” experience. Back then, Chameleon’s developers said that they were in talks with several Android manufactures interested in integrating the UI into their products, which made us optimistic about the project’s future. However, it seems that the negotiations haven’t come to a happy…

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For most manufacturers, the home screen is the most important part of the Android interface. Why? Because, on the home screen, they can easily apply their own branding and style, and, in theory, differentiate their devices from the sea of competing Android products. The need for differentiation is understandable, but unfortunately, for end users, overlays like TouchWiz, Sense, or Motoblur are just sources of slow updates, bloatware, and poor performance. However, it’s not like the home screen of vanilla Android is a major step forward when compared to the manufacturers’ overlays. All you get in the stock version are apps…