Featured: Chameleon UI Project for Android Gets Cancelled, But New Pledge Is Coming Soon

June 12, 2012 - Written By Lucian Armasu

The moment I saw the Chameleon UI project for Android, I thought “this is the kind of UI Android needs for tablets”. Chameleon is much more than just a screen of icons like the iPad, and even more than Windows 8’s live  tiles because you get much more advanced tiles/widgets that you can interact with like with normal apps, but you get everything on the screen, rather than each app in full screen, as your only option right now in Android.

The project was supposed to be completed by September, but unfortunately, it seems the project has been cancelled for now. Apparently, their only US employee has left the company, and since they had the Kickstarter account on his name, that means that they have to quit cancel the project.

You may ask, why would they put this donations account on an employee’s name and not on the company’s name? That’s because Kickstarter only works with Amazon payment accounts, and Amazon payments only work in US. This means that they need someone from US, and their company is not from US.

This is still a major problem with Kickstarter right now because they don’t allow people outside of US to donate or make projects on their site. But the guys at Chameleon promise to bring back the project as soon as they can find another way to get a US account. Also, people who have donated have nothing to worry because all the money they have donated will be returned, so they haven’t lost anything.

However, I do think that this may hurt Chameleon’s chances of gathering the money again in the future, but if they’re lucky, people will donate again. It might depend on what Google shows at I/O as well, and if they show any major improvements for Android’s UI for tablets.