Chameleon Launcher

If you haven't gone all in with Chameleon Launcher it's quite understandable. While a beautiful next-level launcher it is, the entry price of $10 and somewhat limited feature set has made it a hard to justify purchase for some folks out there. The latest version may change some minds though as Chameleon has now reached v1.1 status and brings along with it performance enhancements, UI refinements and major feature additions. Some of which, have been long asked for by users:

  • Native Android Widget Support - Thats right, Chameleon widgets and native Android app widgets can now live side by side on your home screens. Android widgets in Chameleon work exactly as they would on the standard Android launcher, even while living inside our grid block containers. It’s almost like unicorns are real!
  • Chameleon Widget SDK 1.1 - One of the big, yet hidden features of v1.1 is the updates to the Widget SDK. There is a lot of plumbing that has been added that allows for access to local device data using Android Services. The Chameleon Widget API docs will be updated in the near future with details and examples. We have also published a design section on the make a widgets documentation site outlining how to handle CSS markup for your widgets, and handling widget resizing. You can find that here.
  • Twitter Widget - The Twitter widget has gotten the biggest boost out of all the widgets in this update. There are now inline options for reply, retweet and favorite. Retweeted tweets are also now displayed as per Twitters display guidelines. The cherry on the top of this enticing sunday is the ability to display your lists. Yummy.
  • Calendar Widget - For those who need to stay super organized, the calendar widget now supports an All Calendar view as well as an Events List view.

Overall, the update looks pretty pleasing. They've also gone ahead and corrected plenty of bugs in the system as well, including a major one wherein Chameleon tended to freeze upon start up. Whether or not the changes make it a more viable purchase remains to be seen but if nothing else, it shows support is still going strong and updates will keep on coming. If you've not checked out our hands-on review -- you can have a look at Chameleon right here.

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Chameleon Launcher reaches v1.1 - Brings performance enhancements, UI refinements and major feature additions


Yeah been using Chameleon since beta and I have to say I love it. It's by far the most useful launcher I've ever used on a tablet.

This update makes it so much better with the Android widgets working side by side.

I think one of the blocks hurting Chameleon launcher is no light version to try it out. It may not be possible to do that the way it is designed, but I for one will not shell out ten bucks for something I may only use for a day.

The Google 15 min tryout is too short, and I for one need to see/feel/touch it vs watching youtube vids. I for one hope a trial version can be implemented.

I do not understand how they don't have a time-limited trial for this very nice-looking launcher.

If it works great, I'm more than happy to fork over ten bucks.

Are there people out there who paid ten bucks for this app? If so, how many of them
hate it now?

I bought it this morning. Initial impressions are very good. Nice and smooth on a TF300. It will take some getting used to compared to Stock/Apex/Nova, but it's interesting. It feels like a hybrid of WinPhone and Android. I agree that they should offer a trial, especially since the user experience is markedly different from stock.

I got in on the initial KickStarter, but the lack of native Android widgets killed it for me. Looks like I am going to have to give it another try with this update.

I purchased this a while back, but found it not very useful without a calendar widget. Now that they have included it I'm happy, but also a little disappointed because I just discovered you can only sync one calendar?

We use Google for our office calendar, but I also have my personal google calendar. The widget seems to force you to only select one or the other?