Chameleon adaptive home screen for Android
Is there something to the theory of group based app usage?
There is no shortage on home screen replacements for Android out there. Chameleon is trying to do something different with theirs though. The concept is based the idea that we use apps in a group wise fashion. Is there something to this, or will Chameleon turn invisible amongst the horde of alternatives?
Firstly, to get the idea on how Chameleon works, check out their Kickstarted video here
Now, personally, I think this looks like a great idea. Its different and its trying to appeal to the way we actually use your mobile devices, even if we are not aware thats how we are indeed using it. The question I keep asking myself though is whether I actually launch my apps in group, and maybe more importantly, if the group changes during the course of the day.
I suspect I might not represent the average user, but its still worth exploring. Now if you take a few seconds and reflect around the same things, it would be interesting to hear your thought on the matter should you bother sharing it in the comments below. Anyhow, I notice now that there seems to be a pattern in my usage of apps. If I launch app x, there is a high probability that I launch app y later on. More specifically, after opening tapatalk and browsing through my daily forums, I tend to open up Reader, followed by the browser. Basically I am checking up on news, keeping me up to date on the topics I care about. Then there’s the inevitable social apps, such as Facebook, Google+, Twitter and Linkedin that obviously belong in the usage group.
However, where I think I might disagree is that the usage pattern changes over the course of the day. Reading my new emails and keeping tabs with my agenda for the day is always part of the core experience. It should always be there and even during long evenings on the couch, being lazy, those things still matter. So if I think about how I would use Chameleon, I see myself setting up one, and only one screen that would satisfy my needs 99% of the time. That said, there is nothing wrong with having multiple home screens that you can use together at the same time.. Social, Travel, Productivity, News, Media, etc.. So I am eager to see what the kickstart project can produce, even though 50,000$ is a lot of money to make it happen. Interesting stuff.