Launchers have become a very big deal in the Android world because of the amount of customization and convenience that they give users. A Kickstarter project by the name Chameleon has been advertising itself as “a better home screen for your Android tablet”. This project asked for $30,000 in order to start their project up. As it turns out, with the help of 6,420 backers, Teknision (the group that is creating Chameleon) has raised twice that amount.
Up until today, Chameleon has still been a work in progress. Now, Teknision has released a sort of road map for the release of Chameleon. The update said this:
We really appreciate everyone’s enthusiasm and support and we wouldn’t be here without you guys.
We have started the early stages of our Beta release. All Kickstarters who have pledged $5 and up will be invited to the Beta. We are staggering the Beta release over the next week.
Our beta release list is over 7000 people.
In order to make sure our servers don’t get overloaded with a mass of verification requests, we are staggering the release over the next week. This is to make sure that the release is smooth and people are not suddenly locked out by a downed, overloaded verification server.
We have sent out invitations to a small select group of people in order to test our delivery system before ramping it up to a larger invite list.
Please hang tight while we make sure the delivery is perfect for everyone. We are working as hard as we can to get Chameleon in your hands a soon as possible. We have the empty RedBull cans to prove it.
– The Chameleon Team.”
There you have it! If you were a backer of Chameleon before the funding ended, then you will be receiving an email to sign up within the next week. I have been waiting for this project to finish up for a few months now, and I am eager to try it out.
While Chameleon was designed for larger tablets (around the 10 inch mark), Teknision has also stated that it will run just fine on a 7 inch tablet. In fact, Chameleon was tested on the Nexus 7 just recently.
Some eager users found a Chameleon app on the Play Store. This app is rated very low since the launcher is not officially out yet, and users’ email addresses still need to be verified. The launcher app can be found here . It won’t work for you until your email has been verified by the Chameleon team.
Here’s a video about Chameleon Launcher, in case you haven’t seen it yet.
There isn’t any news on when Chameleon will be available those who didn’t help fund the Kickstarter project, but I’m sure it won’t be long. The price to fund Chameleon was $5 for the basic version, so I doubt that the paid app will be more than that.
Well, here’s to hoping that I get to play around with the launcher soon, since I’m eager to review this bad boy for you guys!
Check out the Chameleon Kickstarter page !