Contextual homescreen launchers that adapt to suit each user have taken many forms. I was fond of Aviate, an app that adapted based on your location and the time of day, before it was eventually bought by Yahoo.

Bento introduced an alternative approach inspired by Google Now that pulled data down from various cloud services such as Reddit, SoundCloud, and Yelp. It later changed its name to Scout. Now it's shutting down.

In a post on Medium, the Scout team announced that the app will stop functioning on March 2nd. The launcher has already disappeared from the Play Store, and the servers will soon stop running.

The team cites its reason for closing down as its failure to get the app installed on millions of phones. Sadly, in today's venture capital funded startup culture, going big still means you're likely to go home.

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