Chameleon Launcher Beta First Impressions

One of the best features of Android is the ability to chose from a variety of home replacements, also called launchers. While there’s about a half dozen popular launchers to chose from, there’s only two or three that really stand out. Software developer Teknision is looking to add its own home replacement to the mix, named Chameleon. While still in beta, the launcher is still very functional.

  • I’ve been using Chameleon on my Nexus 7 for about 2 days now, read on for my full first impressions.
  • This thing is smooth. It rivals the Nexus 7′s stock Jelly Bean launcher, and I’ve yet to see the slightest stutter or lag.
  • It’s very simplistic.
  • Only a few apps can be stored in the dock, otherwise it’s all widgets.
  • Speaking of widgets, there’s a heavy emphasis here. While there’s only about 7 to choose from right now, all the widgets work as advertised and are also resizable.
  • Teknision is definitely trying to add different modes straight to the home screen, with every page featuring a different theme. For example, there’s work, play, personal etc.
  • Each page also gets its own wallpaper, a great feature for those who like to sport more than a single background.
  • I’ve found it slightly annoying that apps can’t be added straight to the home screen, but it has majorly increased my widget usage. More on this in the full review.
  • I’m very interested to see what Teknision does with their widgets, there’s plenty of potential.
  • A final note: all the widgets are proprietary, so nothing but Teknision’s widgets can be added.

I’ve enjoyed my time with Chameleon so far, and while I’m not sure when it will be available to the public, I can definitely say that it has my interest. I’ll be using it for a few more days, with a full video review up soon. Leave me you questions and what you want to see, and I’ll try to cover it in the review.

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