Chameleon, the innovative Android launcher developed by Teknision (creators of the Blackberry PlayBook UI), made quite a stir in the Android community. The intelligent overlay promises to change the way we use our devices, by offering “a better home screen for your Android tablet, designed to fit your lifestyle”. The project got successfully funded on Kickstarter (after some misadventures) and is currently in beta stage. In fact, if you backed Chameleon on Kickstarter, you should soon receive your invitation for the beta test.
We sat down with Gabor Vida, President of Teknision, to discuss about Chameleon, Kickstarter, and user interfaces. Check out the [...]
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 requesting. While details of how the Chameleon system would work on Android phones haven’t been [...]
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 entire campaign will need to [...]
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 to take the matter into its own hands and risk it all on [...]
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 ending, and the guys at Teknision [...]
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 and notifications, plus the clock widget. For [...]