12
Feb
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For Aviate users, 2014 has made for an uncertain year thus far. Yahoo announced its acquisition of the home screen replacement at this year's CES, and we haven't heard a peep since. Well, today the launcher has just received its first major update of the year, and this one includes a new space that activates whenever you plug in a pair of earphones.

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The Listening Space pulls up your music apps and, like other spaces, recommends relevant apps that might catch your interest. Once you start playing music, it can detect additional information such as Wikipedia entries, YouTube videos, tweets, and upcoming concerts. As someone who has used Aviate for months now, this strikes me as the most compelling update yet.

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Aviate is still in beta, but you can get in on the action by downloading the app now and using the code MUSIC.

Source: Aviate

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Wesley Modderkolk

    Used the Beta for a while. It is an interesting launcher, but to me it is unclear what they are trying to do. Launching apps became much more of a drag and took way, way longer. The limit on the widgets on your workspace(or w/e it is called) is also rather annoying and to access more by pulling down the workspace is rather annoying.

    It looks cool and what it is doing, it does it rather well. But to me this launcher seems to try and fix problems that do not exist.

    • Collin Scott

      What really does it for me is that 2nd screen. I want folders for my apps, but I want to be able to access 4 or 5 of them without diving into the folder. Like, my Social folder I would want to access Facebook and Twitter in one click, but maybe I don't need instant access to Snapchat. That, thrown together with the beautiful polish that Aviate has, and I've found my launcher for life. I wish the context aware stuff were much better, but it knows when I need my alarm clock access at night or in the morning, and it knows what I need when I get to work.

      • Simon JB

        I really think contextual UIs will be the next big thing in mobile, and Aviate offers the right amount of polish and functionnality to succeed.
        Usually the main problem with contextual functionnality is that it is unpredictable : you can't rely on memory to know that your gmail shortcut is on the bottom left, because when you're on the go it might get replaced by another functionnality. EverythingMe for instance, suffers from that, it is very hard to build a memory of where everything goes.

        The nice thing about aviate is that the contextual part is folded away ; you can access contextual shortcuts by swiping from the top, but apart from that, all your apps are still available and organized.

        There is a lot more improvement to be made : the way it handles widgets is not ideal ; it should be able to suggest the right widget for the right context and not depend that much on built-in functionnality / widgets.
        And one thing that bothers me is that I can't use custom or live wallpapers :(

  • Michael

    I wish they would have kept it in the card style in the header. It should also come up when connected to a bluetooth device.

  • Daniel Traynor

    Been using Aviate Beta off and on now for a while. As much as I want to love it... I just can't. I agree with that people are saying below. It's trying to fix problems that do not exist. I find the UI rather confusing in places and it just feels very cluttered and unnecessary. Have returned to Apex for now. Shame.

  • http://kawangeek.com/ EddyGeek

    Bought by Yahoo, but fortunately still the best launcher yet.

    • abobobilly

      I am sorry, what were you saying?

      • http://kawangeek.com/ EddyGeek

        frankly almost product own by yahoo is crap..

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  • Bretton Key

    This launcher is dope, but really rooted users are the only ones who can take advantage of this launchers real potential.
    1. Change the layout resolution to 240 dpi
    2. Change application pack.
    3. Combine it with a custom ROM or some xposed modules
    Aviate is going to take over, once they get better customization of the default categories, folder support, ability to hid applications, and get operate in landscape.

    • Frank Lopez

      whats the benfit of 240dpi? and how to change application pack?

      • Bretton Key

        Excuse me Frank if I make it seem like that dpi is special. I've been using a note 2 and now a note 3 and I play around with the dpi to give it a phablet look.
        Basically if you change the dpi of Aviate it allows more or less screen and the ability to really add more kinds of widgets to aviate.
        Changing the icon pack, just gives aviate a whole different look.
        here is an example of me playing around with the dpi, and icon pack. You may not get the effect of me having more screen to play to with and how widgets have better scaling.

    • Michael

      YES how do I change the app pack?

      • Bretton Key

        Use Icon themer, which has been updated to be called unicorn.

  • Maxime Henrion

    I've been using this launcher for a couple of weeks now, and find it quite pleasant. There are a few things that put me off though: how come I am not allowed to add any application to the category folders myself? It's great that Aviate comes with a number of applications already categorized without the need for user intervention, but what of all these applications that it doesn't know about? It seems you can only access those from the alphabetically sorted drawer. Tapping on the "new" icon to add applications to a folder only gets you suggestions on new applications to install that Aviate knows about. Similarly, I don't understand why they are not letting users define their own categories. Or why I'm not able to have some applications be added to the list of applications at the bottom of the space screen (where is my dialer application? I typically want quick access to that one). It wouldn't be as annoying if their algorithm that tries to deduce what applications you want there was better. I'm not sure what this is based on, but it definitely looks like they're not using the best metrics for that (it looks like they're looking at the number of times you've been running an application by launching it yourself, and doesn't seem to take into account cases where those applications have run from tapping on a notification, or some other mechanism - like answering a call for the dial app). I think it's fine that they're trying to make this launcher as easy to use as possible, and do as much as possible automatically, but I don't understand why they wouldn't let more "advanced" users do exactly what they want - I would have thought sufficient people have made that mistake in the past already... Those are the reasons I'm moving back to GEL.

    • Shane Ledford

      You can easily drag an application from the alphabetical list into any of the categories. Also, you can add any app you want to the "favorites" section of the main screen. That seems to solve almost all of your complaints.

      • slfisher

        how do you add an app to the favorites section? thanks.

        I've been using Aviate for a while now and I just love it. I've set it to not auto update because I don't trust Yahoo.

      • Maxime Henrion

        Well I feel kinda stupid now :-P I dare say it was not really obvious though. In any case, thank you!

  • http://insight.pinkonbrown.org/ Dr P Fenderson

    I tried using Aviate for a few weeks after using Nova Pro for over a year, but it could never get my home address right. Kept saying I was at the pub across the street, though I've never been there. I tried setting a number of addresses over the weeks directly around me, but that didn't work either. No other context aware app of that sort has really had any problems, so I know it's not my GPS/location settings.

    Contacted support, they told me to set my address in the app (which I already had done, and told them that I had already done), and told me an update was due soon to alleviate location problems like mine. Update came, problem got worse (saying I'm at the grocery store farther down the street), contacted support again - same response. Tried all kinds of fixes over the weeks....clearing app cache, letting it reset my address, trying it for a few days with the address, still doesn't work, start from scratch, rinse, repeat.

    Kind of useless to me if it can't actually do the main gimmick that it sells. Looks promising, and I love the idea behind it - but doesn't work for me. Ending up moving to Action Launcher, which is QUITE wonderful.

    • Stas Varych

      That update fixed Home problem for me.

    • SamJoe

      "No other context aware app of that sort has really had any problems..."
      I currently use cover and I feel it is quite clever in terms of identifying my location considering it uses my WIFI APN. When on work WIFI, it switches to Work and when at home on home WIFI, it switches to Home. GPS can be a bit troublesome at times with some applications and I think WIFI is the best bet

  • William Tijerina

    that listening module just detect when im listening spotyshity , even cant detect the native music player or pro player, kinda weird in my opinion