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Chameleon For Android Tablets Isn’t New, But You Can Back It on Kickstarter and Get It Early

A newish tablet UI called Chameleon, that we first reported back in mid-March, is now seeking backers via Kickstarter. The tablet UI was once just a side project, but after receiving enough feedback during their initial preview, they decided to make it come to life, hence the need for funding.

If you are not familiar with Chameleon, think of it as a living set of tablet screens. It can adjust based on data connection, location, time of day, etc. But rather than just being a blank slate of emptiness (aka normal Android tablets), it can be customized using live tiles with weather, Twitter, photos, Gmail, calendars, and more. Using gestures, you can swipe around to activate functions, flip home screens or launch into your app drawer. It really is quite the interesting take on a tablet UI, and one that we fully support as a team that tends to get bored with the stock Android tablet experience.

So, why the Kickstarter? Again, they need to funding to make it happen. If you support them, they will give you early access to it before being published to the Google Play store. It will cost you $5 to get in on that, but if previous UI overhauls are any indication on price, this thing could sell for much more. 

The new promo video:

Here is the old preview video:


Via:  Kickstarter

  • donnieg3004

    Since they haven’t offered a trial version, I really will not spend money to try it out. Pass.

  • ToraRTC

    Easily the nicest tablet interface I’ve seen on any platform. Even if you replicate the functionality with widgets, it’s not going to be as elegant as this. The Android community really needs nicer looking interfaces.

  • msombloski


  • FortitudineVincimus

    what was the point of the huge TV screen showing nothing that matched on the tiny tablet screen? focus point was not on the product. pretty poorly done video really.

    • Jesus Malena

      The point was you can watch a TV show or movie from your tablet. Display it on a big screen and while playing it you, can chat, tweet, Facebook, look at weather information, read, shop, crap and whatever else you can think of. Think of this UI as the multitasking platform for Android.

  • br_hermon

    I’m not convinced on this app. They offer some unique features but not enough. Most of what they offer can already be replicated by widgets. Pass on this one. I commented more on it here:

    • MKader17

      I thought of that as well. But one thing that they do that I really like is edge to edge widgets.

  • Scott Willenborg

    “Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Chameleon
    You come and go
    You come and go-ooooo”
    There, now it’s stuck in your head too… let’s suffer together.

  • Matthew Harmon

    So if I pledge the five bucks, what happens in September, will I have to buy the app again? Valid From: May 17, 2012
    Valid Until: September 13, 2012

    • You won;t even get it until Fall.
      “Est. Delivery: Aug 2012”

    • someguy

      FAQ updated:

      I pledge the five bucks, what happens in September, will I have to buy the app again? If you buy Chameleon via Kickstarter, we will ensure that you pay only once and will have access to all applicable software updates.

  • This is one of those things that looks really cool and would be fun to play with and show off to friends, but after a week or so would get old. The animations are slow and the screens are definite information overload.

  • Jigga_Z

    This looks like a great product, but I don’t really understand what the kickstarter is for. Clearly they have at the very least a working prototype, maybe more, and they’re planning to release it in September. So, what exactly is the $50,000 going towards at this point?

    • r0lct

      roman noodles?


      Maybe it’s a way for them to see how serious people are about wanting it. If they can reach a certain amount in kickstarter, then they know it’s actually worth continuing development.

    • Paying a team of people to work on it? Workstations? People don’t work for free, and computers aren’t free either. That’s not even counting the fact that they need a lot of tablets to test this on, you guessed it. NOT FREE!

      • Jigga_Z

        Yup, I understand that, but clearly they have been working on it for a long time, so do they now need money for their workers? Nothing wrong with that, I’d just like some clarity on why they need $50,000, or if this is just, “Hey, we have a cool product and don’t necessarily need the money, but maybe people will give it to us if we ask.”

        • We will be sharing a lot more information very shortly. Especially where the funds will be spent. Take a look on the FAQ section of our Kickstarter page later today!

          • Chris Kelly

            I really don’t understand either….Are ‘backers’ similar to ‘investors’? Are the backers/investors entitled to a share of the profit if the product is successful (or is it just the t-shirt, etc?). In other words, if this product is successful, or bought out – do the backers share in the profit or is it a situation of “You got rich off of a product my money helped Kickstart – and I all got was this lousy T-Shirt”

          • ERIFNOMI

            Is this the first you’ve heard of kickstarter? You kick a project some funds, and they reward you for helping. Or you can just give some money out of kindness. The idea is you find a project you’d like to see succeed, and help them along the way. The reward is seeing the product make it to market, and usually something else is thrown in on top (like the product when it’s released, usually for less, or something like a t-shirt).

          • Chris Kelly

            Yep. First time I’ve heard of it. Looks to me like it is asking someone to give you money so that you can blow it on an idea. Entrepreneurs do this with either their own money or the money of investors that share both the risk and the reward. This product looks cool and I’d be interested in INVESTING $1000 into it (for the possibility of a return on investment) but I’m not interested in GIVING my money away (or buying a $1000 T-shirt) in the hopes that it will be fully developed. No thanks. I’ll buy the app for $3 later – if it pans out.

            There are plenty of charities out there I can GIVE to. A capital venture is not a charity. These guys want to risk someone else’s money in return for the potential of all of the gain

          • ERIFNOMI

            If you’re looking to invest heavily, some of those kickstarter projects might be interested in your help. Most kickstarters reward people for contributing a small amount of money. $5 will get you this app when it’s finished, that’s your return for your very tiny investment. The pebble watch kickstarter is giving people a watch when they’re finished for contributing $115. Those amounts of money are less than what you would normally invest, and they give you the end product at less than retail. You can think of it as pre-ordering, you pay early and get a better deal. There’s also less risk than an investment. A project sets a goal, an amount of money they need to successfully fund their project. If they don’t raise that much, you don’t pay anything.

            It’s not a charity either. That’s pretty obvious. If you don’t want to take the time to understand how kickstarter works, then don’t bash it. It’s pretty brilliant for low-key projects that can’t get to market any other way.