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This update is now live in the Store. Get it!

It's been about two weeks since Chameleon Launcher released the v1 into the Play Store, and the company has been working hard to bring new features and widgets to the app. They just published a blog post highlighting a few things to expect in the upcoming 1.1 release, including a Google+ widget and super-sexy GCal widget:

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That's not the big news here, though. They also uploaded a new teaser video showing off one of the most requested features: support for stock Android widgets! That's right, once v1.1 is live, you'll be able to use all of your existing widgets inside of Chameleon. That's huge.

Aside from that, Chameleon also posted a look at what some devs have been doing with the Widget SDK, and promised to add a "widget catalogue" in the near future so all users can access third-part offerings.

They didn't offer an exact date for the update, but hinted that I would be available in "the very near future." Bring it on Chameleon - it looks awesome.

[Chameleon Blog via Google+; Thanks, Michael!]

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.

  • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

    I understand that Chameleon is cool, etc, looks good, but honestly, does AP need to cover every single release they have? I like AP and such, but its getting kind of annoying.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      We actually haven't covered the last few, but this one is a pretty big deal.

    • http://twitter.com/Cptnodegard Andreas Ødegård

      I hit the refund buttons within minutes of buying the initial release due to no (for me) useful widgets. Going to buy it again when this update comes. Had been unaware of the new features if not for this post, so...yes

      • aatifsumar

        If you buy it a second time, remember that there is no refund now.

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

      We'll continue to cover the major updates, just like we'll cover Nova and Apex, etc. The difference is the Chameleon team works insanely fast, so their updates with meaningful changes and additions are more frequent.

  • http://twitter.com/nicktweetz nick

    This will finally make this launcher as functional as it is beautiful. Awesome

  • Asphyx

    That is HUGE! I will definitly check it out once they make that feature live.
    It was the one thing holding me back from using it.

  • Rob

    I was an early supporter of the Kickstarter project and quite honestly I haven't seen the need to use Chameleon at all. The lack of widgets really just made it a no-go for me. With the addition of support for Android widgets, I will probably give it another look/try.

  • simmo

    I would love to try it out before dropping $10 on an app I may or may not use.

    • http://twitter.com/SoWhy Prof. Professorson

      You and me both - and probably hundreds or thousands of other people

    • Tyler Chappell

      ummm, 15-minute refund window? I mean sure, I know 15min isn't a whole lot of time but it should be enough to download it and play with it briefly to see how it runs. Granted, I would never waste $10 on this. I am perfectly happy with Nova Launcher running on my Liquid ICS Thunderbolt and the stock launcher on my Nexus 7.

  • Asphyx

    Well I just gave it it's first test run.
    Still not quite ready as a daily driver IMO but it does support native Widgets to a degree. Some issues there though (understandable at this point) such as White space in apps that allow thier own resizing routine (GoogleVoice and some calendars like Whizz) but it is a very good first start.
    I does FC a lot for me but perhaps would be smoother with a reboot.
    All in all it's a very nice launcher but it needs a few more perks.
    1- getting rid of the launcer bar (I don't need it and it takes up screen space
    2- Needs to allow you to set the grid size (will help the whitespace on native widget problems
    But all in all pretty nice for a 1.x version program. Will keep an eye on it as it matures.

  • Andrew

    My biggest problem with Chameleon is something that I haven't seen even mentioned on any tech website: the fact that all widgets basically blank out if you disconnect from the internet.
    Given that I'm using this on a tablet and not a phone - a device that relies on Wifi, and therefore almost inherently isn't always going to be online - this seems incredibly stupid to me, and is the reason I don't use it. Why can't they make it store itself in cache I don't know.