The team at Chameleon Launcher appear to be keeping up their breakneck-pace for updates, and today have hit a significant milestone in that ongoing process: their first release candidate. It's a pretty big deal for the once-upon-a-time Kickstarter project, and while I personally haven't found much use for it, there's no denying the Chameleon team has absolutely blown through the bugs and issues from the first beta released just a little over a month ago. The 0.9.5 release adds the following:

Here are some of the things included in this build:

  1. Added Dashboard Manager animations when adding/deleting a Dashboard.
  2. App Tray icons no longer get cut-off by some devices.
  3. Additional start-up time improvements.
  4. Fixed a major bug in the web views used for widgets causing bloated memory.
  5. Home Screens now go into an ‘Sleepy’ mode when inactive for a period of time.
  6. Fixed issue where widgets still sometimes appeared blank (fingers crossed).
  7. Fixed issue where widgets sometimes appear to be continually loading.
  8. There is now a max of only 4 home screens.
  9. Added “Shout-Outs” section, to make our Kickstarter backers famous! Thanks for the support.
  10. Can now post tweets/updates from Twitter and Facebook Widgets when the native apps are installed.
  11. Added, updated and finalized the default Chameleon wallpapers.

In addition, the changelog outlines some ongoing issues that are still being sorted out:

Some things we are still working on:

  1. Gmail widget is still blocking a lot of authentication requests.
  2. Google+ widget is coming soon.
  3. Calendar widget is coming soon.

Congrats to the guys at Chameleon for making it this far - let's hope this evolving concept continues to move forward to an official public launch on the Play Store.

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

    Been using the beta - it's good. Has real potential.

    On their forums they said that once work on the widgets has finished (I hope a Google Reader widget is coming, as well as the News widget), they'll work on the app drawer functionality. Hope we see an app drawer more reminiscent of the stock launcher + Nova/Apex; multiple configurable tabs (for games etc) and the search icon in the top left searches apps and doesn't go to Google Search. That'd be completely perfect for me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1562156908 Guillermo Herrera

    They really need to add folders. Also, once they hammer out the rest of the bugs I'm sure they'll start really creative with different configurations. I look forward to what they plan. No regrets here for pledging to their project!

  • hangingfruit

    Okay, I love you, AP, but your more-than-thorough coverage of Chameleon is starting to become annoying. This would be like announcing the CM Nightlies for each individual phone as separate news stories. Little much. LOVE YOU!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Well, this one was worth covering, in my opinion. It's a big release for them - first RC is definitely significant. But I agree, we've been a little overzealous given its darling status in the community.

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

      /deletes 17 CM 10 stories from the TODO list.

  • Tri Nguyen

    gonna buy this launcher when it comes out :)

  • Nathan Shoemark

    Have they stopped pre orders ? I can't find it anymore