Chameleon Launcher, a highly anticipated launcher replacement for Android tablets, has just released the initial beta version of the app into the Play Store. While everyone with a compatible device can download it, you will need to have an invitation, whether from your Kickstarter pre-order or pre-registration (say, if you're a member of the press or a private beta tester).


If you think you're part of the private beta, head over here (replace YOUR_EMAIL with your pre-reg email address and YOUR_NAME with your name) and associate your registration email with your Play Store account, then grab the app from the Play Store and fire it up.

Update: Even though the registration page mentions Kickstarter, according to our commenters it seems not all, if any, Kickstarter pre-registrations have been added to the pool yet. We've reached out to Teknision for a clarification.

Update #2: We received a response from the company:

The email that is sent out to people are unique emails with encoded headers. People who don't get the email directly from us mean they have not been added to our database yet and have not been notified. That page is auto-populated based on the encoded header, this is for distribution security reasons.

We have only sent out innovations to a select group of people in order to test our verification system and assess server load. We will be staggering the invitations over the next week in order to gauge and manage server load. Our beta release list has about 7000+ people on it to give you an idea of why we are being cautious.

The reasons for the stager is to make sure 7000+ people are not instantly locked out if your server fails. At the bottom of the email we not that this is a unique email for that specific email address.

Sorry for the confusion.

Welcome to the Chameleon Beta

The Beta is here, and we are excited that it is finally in your hands so that we can get your feedback. There is still a lot that we are working on, features to add, and performance issues to address.

Our beta release is for testing out the core Chameleon system as well as the HTML5 widget platform. Bellow are what we are looking for from our Beta release.

What we want you to test

The purpose of the Chameleon Beta is to get a better understanding of how Chameleon works and performs on a larger variety of tablets. What we are looking for is device specific problems, as well as general Chameleon usage issues and bugs.

We are also looking at how well our Chameleon HTML5 widget platform works. Included in the Chameleon Beta are 5 different HTML5 widgets. We are looking for problems related to our caching system, integrated oAuth multi service system, as well as general widget and service errors.

Break it, Break it, Break it

Breaking Chameleon is the best thing you can do. If you can't break it, well then you aren't testing it hard enough. We want/need you to push Chameleon as hard as you can. If you don't we can't improve it. Since our team is so close to the project its hard for us to come up with every possible use case since we tend to use it how we see it being used. But some people have crazy ideas, and we want to know what those are.

Fixes and Updates

During the beta period we will be addressing submited bugs as well as usability concerns. We are looking to do weekly releases with fixes and tweaks. These updates will go out through the Google Play Store and we will be outlining what issues we have fixed, outstanding issues we are working on, as well as any interfaces tweaks on The Beta Lab blog.

We'll be bringing you a full [p]review of Chameleon once we play around with it for a bit and form an opinion. In the meantime, here are some initial screenshots from our Nexus 7:


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  • Kenny O

    Wierd.....went to the link, the box for my email address that is registered with Kickstarter is grayed out and does not allow me to enter text.

    • http://eddieringle.com Eddie Ringle

      It's not a text box. It will pull your email from the URL's 'email' query parameter, but since the query string is blank so is the email field. I passed in the email I use on Kickstarter but it said it couldn't find my email. Guess it's not 100% ready to go just yet. (I don't think Teknision intended Android Police to send out non-specific URLs to the verification page).

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Same thing happened to me - I got the same error (I used the full link they sent). I think there's a glitch with activation.

        As for the url, I edited the post to reflect it - didn't realize at first it didn't turn into an editable field.

    • LAnce

      Same, Looks Like we are not part of the "private" beta testers.

    • wolfkabal

      Same here...

    • Ricardo Moura Rocha

      Same here, and I installed the app and it says I'm not registered.

    • andoird213

      Same here. I shot em an email, but they handle emails by handing out tickets, so I expect it to take a while. Kind of annoyed, but that's just because I'm so excited to finally get my hands on this thing!

    • wolfkabal

      you can fill in the gray box by adding ?email=X to the end of the url. where X is your email. Though as mentioned now, if it's a kickstarter account (like mine was) it still won't validate.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Update: Even though the registration page mentions Kickstarter,
    according to our commenters it seems not all, if any, Kickstarter
    pre-registrations have been added to the pool yet. We've reached out to
    Teknision for a clarification.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Posted their response.

  • http://profiles.google.com/dc4316 Ismael Rodriguez

    Oh such sadness. I'll have to wait for the full release. Too broke to donate early...or now for that matter. Sigh. (First World Problems.)

  • Paito Anderson

    It is not recognizing the email address I signed up with. Ill have to get this figured out asap!!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I just posted another update - see above.

      • LAnce

        "up to a week" o well, Thanks for digging Artem. looking forward to your impressions.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          We're having Cameron do the review since he's been lusting after Chameleon for months. Look for it soon.

  • blehk

    luckypatcher :X

    • D’oh!

      You tried this and it worked? I may have given it a shot myself without any success...

  • Mark Hennessey

    From an e-mail I just got from The Chameleon Team:

    "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. "

    I love these guys and can't wait to see this on my Nexus 7. I bought in through Kickstarter before I even had a tablet to use it on.

  • Falconator

    Is this requiring you to have Internet access in order to use? Or am I just confusing myself here with the company talking about testing there servers?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      It shouldn't require it for anything but initial validation.

  • Andrew

    Really can't wait for this. Any indication as to how far they are from a final release?

  • Himmat Singh

    I am surprised in the Play Store listing, it's listed as Asus and not Google Nexus 7. I always felt this was more Google than Asus,

  • http://twitter.com/tweet077 RonaldoVerta

    finally some great tablet news! its about time we saw some good launcher tablet apps. the only other one i know that is good is ADW but this takes it to another level.

  • Gautam

    i cant download can anyone post an apk file

    • http://twitter.com/afallucco Anthony Fallucco

      If you can't download then your device isn't compatible.

  • http://www.facebook.com/miCc117 Micheal Banning

    I want a verision for my phone :( unlike most people i still dont own a tablet yet :,( lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=636165701 Zaeem Shahzad

    I absolutely love the project but, unfortunately, I don't have a tablet or money! So, I'll just watch the progress here!

  • LAnce

    Has anyone(excluding press ETC ) been emailed and got the Launcher working?

  • Vaughn Goy

    I've gotten it installed on my Prime and Nexus 7, it feels alot snappier on my prime, on the N7 theres quite a bit of delay when unlocking to home if the device has been sitting for quite some time untouched.