Since the Chameleon beta first became available, the most requested feature has been for more widgets. The initial build only offered a handful of choices, and while they were all useful, they didn't showcase the launcher's usefulness. More recently, the team updated the application to offer even more widgets, adding a bit more value to the launcher.

Now, however, the launcher has received what I think is its biggest and most important update thus far: the launcher just hit version 0.9.0, which brings the first version of the widget API. Why is this a big deal, you ask? Because developers can now start working on their own widgets just for Chameleon! The team notes that the API is still in beta, but they'll be working to improve it in the coming weeks.

According to the Chameleon blog, to get started, you need only hit the "make a widget" widget and follow the instructions from there. For more information on the Widget API and to grab the template, head here.

The update isn't yet available in the Play Store at the time of writing this, but it should show up at any time.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • serrastone

    Finally got around to buying it just now!

    • wolfkabal

      Better late than never. I'm still waiting on some useful widgets. Been disappointed so far.

    • jusatin

      You will regret the decision. Backed it back when it was in Kickstarter and have used it twice, the very first beta that came out and the last version before this update. Will never use it again. A black screen comes up for ~15-20 seconds whenever you try to start the program (by hitting home or going from the stock launcher menu), after it finally boots up the widgets are messed up every time, you need to replace them or they wont work, and after about 1 min of usage it crashes and closes.. Worst 15$ I've used in my life.

      • Alexandr Vasilenko

        Do you really complain about *bugs* in early *beta* version? Some people are dumb.

        • jusatin

          0.8 isn't really a early beta, plus all the bugs I'm "complaining" about _should_ have been fixed according to the developers.

          • http://www.jaxidian.org/update teh Jax

            I don't know if they call it beta but this is not even close to beta quality. In the real software world, beta means you know you have bugs but you're done implementing features. They are a LONG way from being feature-complete. So I agree with you, this isn't really an early beta. It's long before the point of an early beta.

          • Paul Fulbright

            You are literally THE reason why companies have to keep things under lock and key until they are production ready. They couldn't possibly be any more clear that this is not stable and they are only giving you access so you can see the work in progress, and you bitch about it.

            You didn't pay $15 for a beta, you paid $15 for the finished product, uninstall it, wait for it to be 1.0, reinstall it, THEN complain.

            Sweet jesus.

      • serrastone

        I think that it will eventually be alright. It's like when TSF Shell first came out and everyone was pissed off. But now finally, with the two latest updates, it's pretty awesome (though still not finished), and can be used as a daily driver now.

        I am sure the same will be said of Chameleon.

  • Alex

    I really dont get why chameleon is getting so much hype round these parts. I tried it out and found it quite featureless, buggy and takes away from the overall android experince on my Nexus 7. Perhaps it's just the novelty of being in an exclusive pre-release group that's getting everybody's juices going.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ShitizGarg Shitiz Garg

      I guess primarily because its different then your standard run of the mill launcher, it offers a different experience which in its own way is nice. I use it and am looking forward to it hitting stable, love the look and layout,

  • mduran1023

    I dunno, this sounds like a nice change an' all, but I don't see developers taking the time to make widgets specifically for this launcher.

    At least not major companies anyway. God knows some of the bigger ones have widgets that are barely functional on stock.

    • DavidKeith

      because they couldn't until now..

      Just watch I bet a few good ones will, plus all the really popular apps will have widgets made by Teckinson

  • DavidKeith

    These past 2 updates broke it for me. It won't open on my Transformer Infinity :(

  • Asphyx

    While it's great they have an API to create Widgets for the launcher what they really need to do is create a way to incorporate the standard Widgets that many people currently rely on.
    Or create thier own custom launcher widget that can be incorporated but support anything you can put on the current standard launchers.
    As for the issues people are reporting, it's a beta for a reason folks!

  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update teh Jax

    Any chance this works either at all or decently on a larger phone (SGS3) with tweaked density?

  • Sven Enterlein

    Spent $5 on kickstarter on this and had to uninstall (TF101) their first released version. Too many issues. So I'll patiently wait until it has reached "final release" status.