Aug 2nd, 2012

Was excited to see the Chameleon launcher make an appearance in the Google Play Store today. While the launcher is still in beta and only available for Kickstarter pledges (that’s where the launcher got its start), it’s already looking pretty nice. I know, “Do we really need another launcher replacement?” the answer to that is a resounding YES.

Android is about options, folks. Don’t forget that there’s already a handful of launchers currently available in the Play Store and competition breeds innovation (don’t tell Apple that). While I’m not so certain Chameleon launcher is the right homescreen replacement for me, it does handle some things very well. For instance, setting up homescreens that are tailored to you location. When at home, a specific homescreen can launch showing big, bright, resizable widgets from all your social networks. At the office? Widgets for stocks, emails and businessy stuff can be automagically displayed.

A novel idea, indeed — but we’ll have to see how useful it really is after playing around with it for a few weeks. For the Kickstarter backers that have received their email from Chameleon (they’re rolling out slowly), jump into the Play Store and get to downloading. Make sure to let us know what you think.

Take heed before setting Chameleon as your default launcher. If you haven’t received the email — or even if you have — if for some reason the launcher crashes on your tablet, depending on your device, you’ll need to jump into your Settings > Apps > Chameleon > Clear Defaults. The more you know… [Thanks, Eric]

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