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Chameleon Launcher Finally Hits Google Play, Go Grab it For $10

The day has come, Chameleon Launcher has finally landed on Google Play for Android tablets. We’ve been following the project for some time, even back when it was a little ol’ Kickstarter idea. Now, it’s on Google Play for $10.26! For those that may scream, “Overpriced!” we wouldn’t necessarily disagree, but then again, if a completely re-imagined launcher alternative is what you’re looking for, this is a great application.

It’s main focus is on personalization through widgets and colors. We’ve had the donation version for about a month now and it’s been getting better and better. If you end up taking the plunge, let us know what you think down below. It’s still nice to have options.

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  • i was part of the kick starter and this launcher has come a long way since then. honestly even with the bugs. its the best launcher ive ever used. it no longer looks like a clown had his way with my home screens, with all the miss matched widgets i have. This launcher will get better and better over time, they have already proven that. I personally cant wait to bring this to my phone as well.

  • fauxshizzl

    The reviews are pretty much universally bad on the market. There are almost as many one star reviews as 5 star. I’ll wait at least 6 months before I even consider. By the sounds of it, in it’s current state it actually strips out standard features instead of adding more.

  • 10 bucks after that whole kickstarter thing? Jeez, stingy…

  • Evan Wickes

    I’d consider it if it worked for my Gnex & Nex7, but the fact it only works for tablets is a deal-breaker..atleast for now until i hear more.

  • JulianZHuang

    took 50K+ from kickstart and released an app with 3.5 rating and cost $10… and the app is nothing but just an home replacement…. thank god i didnt chip in back then.

  • Rez12

    This is what developers are talking about when they say they would rather develop for iOS. They will actually pay when someone creates a stellar app like this. This completely changes the way you interact with your tablet, and you are complaining that it costs too much? This looks amazing, more developers need to be encouraged to take these risks so android can catch up to apple in the app category.

    • Impossible to do with iOS because Apple limits everything.

      • Rez12

        You can’t do this launcher, but this is why apps with high quality experiences won’t come to android. For example, paper. Tech websites trashed it’s revenue model, but it is actually doing well because people on iOS are willing to pay for their experiences. I don’t use an iPhone, but I would develop for it before android every time because I have a much better chance of making a return or even a profit on the platform.

    • In what way does it completely change the way I interact with my tablet that is different from if I were to use Nova, Apex or some other launcher? I’m not arguing it’s not worth money. But in what way does it revolutionize launchers to the point where it’s worth $6.00 more then two of the most popular launchers (both of which have a free version).

      I might even be willing to pay $10, except for that fact that it renders all my other apps widgets useless. Some of those apps were purchased specifically for those widgets. I’d lose the functionality of apps and widgets that total out to be more then $10 before I even get around to the purchasing of the launcher itself.

      I’m not against new development, but they didn’t go about it in a smart manner. They want to charge me more then double my current launcher, for less features while removing the functionality of other apps on my phone? What benefit do I get that is worth that much? No thanks.

      Now if I could give them some advice. It would be to spend their time focused on a widget that can display other apps widgets. Will it look as fluid or clean? Probably not, but if I ugly up my phone that should be my choice.

  • enob

    I think someday we will be to the point where $10 isn’t bad for an app, but we are not there. It doesn’t matter what the app does, I just can’t spend that much on one. I mean I just spend $5 on Plex and that was hard to swallow.

    • Paul

      Besides games at least.

    • CopierITGuy

      The only time $10 isn’t bad for an app is if you own an iDevice!

  • Kane

    How is this better than all the others? I’d rather give 10 dollars to one of the top devs at XDA

  • There is absolutely nothing special about it. Apex and Trebuchet have more features than this launcher. $10 is just too much. Good thing I used that $25 credit from Google.

    • BTW every time you relaunch the launcher (I was switching back and forth between it and Apex) you need to reauthenticate with Facebook and Twitter, which is annoying.

  • Superdroid

    A trial version and a video of how it works would be nice.

  • Buckoman

    Come on. I can see paying $5 for it max. But at the steep price point, I think it will turn off much of its desired audience and direct them to pirating the app instead.

  • Tim Buchanan

    Think I’ll pass on this pricey little gem. Looks pretty, but doesn’t seem to add any real functionality to my N7.

  • Hothfox

    They would be wise to start it off with a lower introductory price. I love trying new launchers, but not for $10, especially if a lot of reviews are saying it’s not worth it yet.

  • Steve V

    I won’t say its over-priced. I will say that its a poor product. There are a lot of issues that probably won’t be ironed out. Its one of the few apps I regret purchasing. There need to be significant upgrades and changes for me to use it. The concept was great, the execution was not what they had initially promised.

  • Like many others, I would consider this at 4.99. Hell I may even considering this at 5.99. 10 and change for a yet-to-prove-itself product is way too much, especially when that product is just a launcher (no matter how fancy the layout or features, it is just that..a launcher). They should offer a lower introductory price to get people interested in and talking about the product.

    And who knows how far that 10 dollars is going to get you? They can cease development at any time…just look at LauncherPro Plus. That “complete re-write” he was talking about for months never happened, and new/better/and FREE launchers came out to replace it shortly after ICS.

  • SeanBello

    it looks really cool, but I can’t justify spending $10 on a launcher. I’m sure Nova will adopt some of the asthetics.

  • Mario Mendez

    is the extra 26 cents really needed?

    • Detonation

      They are based in Canada. $10 Canadian = $10.26 US (1.0255 conversion rate)

      • Mario Mendez

        I see

      • enob

        Maybe we should wait until our dollar is worth something again…

        • Cowboydroid

          That might be a while.

        • Paul

          Could be worse. It could be worth what yen is worth.

        • CopierITGuy

          All the more reason to vote out the anti-capitalist in the White House!

          • really

            what a tired meme, try something new, or you know point out the industries in which the government controls the entire mean of production, or have even attempted too.

          • James

            Post Office, Roads, Education, and on and on….

  • Sean

    i’m trying to buy it on my nexus 7 with my google wallet credit. it’s returning an error when i try to purchase. anyone else?

  • ilovethebeach

    Looks like my Motorola Xoom

  • ddevito

    Martias Duarte just slammed his head against his desk.

  • Does anyone know what tablet that is in the picture?

    • Looks to me like a Xoom.

      • Idk but from the bezel it looks cool. Lol im looking for a tablet and considering the Asus TF700

        • Buckoman

          Confirmed it’s a Xoom.

          • that’s disappointing.

          • Yeah I jumped aboard the Nexus 7 train today.

          • Buckoman

            Why disappointing? If they made it work with a Xoom, it can work with anything.

          • No its just that the Xoom is old as im looking for a tablet and dont want something outdated.

  • I spent 15 dollars on that SBF Shell app and never use it. I don’t think I’ll ever spend more than a couple of dollars on any launcher. Nova Prime is working beautifully for me.

  • For anyone with the free £15 Play credit from their nexus 7 purchase that price is okay. Hell if I’m throwing serious cash at an unproven product. I mean really, if you want to increase uptake and development for this you should be offering introductory offers at the very least.

  • Booyah

    Too much. $3-4 is about right.

  • I would recommend waiting a while for some more issues to be ironed out and see if devs actually make more widgets for this before committing $10 to it…

    • So does it not use standard Android widgets and ones from apps? I haven’t really followed it much, but does it really have to have widgets written specifically for it, like various OEM features do?

      • EvanTheGamer

        Nope. They include their own widgets, or you can try building your own using their custom API. There’s a few, but not that many yet. They promise to include a lot more widgets in future updates though.

        • See, maybe I’m jaded, but that seems like a really poor decision, preventing people from using all the widgets they have from apps and whatnot. How is the average user, who is not going to research this and would not recognize the concept of an API, going to deal with “why can’t I use these widgets I purchased or normally have with this”? I admit I have not tried this launcher, maybe it’s worth it, I dunno, this just makes me skeptical. I feel like that’s why those features like the split-screen apps on the Galaxy 10.1 Note never take off, because who is gonna bother to rewrite their apps or widgets to support such a niche market?

          • EvanTheGamer

            I’ll be honest, I forked over $10 to pre-order Chameleon. They made the Chameleon Launcher sound really, really cool in the few videos they made. Looked interesting and different, so I thought, “Why not?”.

            I haven’t really used it much. Maybe I’m just waiting until they release a version with no bugs, no issues, way more widgets than they have now, etc, who knows though.

            Ah well…way it goes. But I do agree with you. Not really sure why they went that route in the first place, where you can’t add your own widgets from your own apps. I think they just wanted to try something different. Not sure if it’s working though.

        • mustbepbs

          Seems really foolish of them to take it out of beta with a “promise” of support. Especially with the hefty price tag for a launcher.

          • EvanTheGamer

            Agreed. This is their first launcher, so who knows why they went that way. Probably just wanted to try something different.

        • r0lct

          That’s a $1 to $3 app response

  • for $10? they joking right? well i’m not paying that, i would consider it at $5

  • Knlegend1