Aviate: Mister Mobility’s first Impressions

I had been excited about Aviate since I first read about it some month ago. Recently acquired by Yahoo, I eventually installed the app recently and got my code some days ago and I was able to start using it. Aviate is a home screen for Android that claims to automatically organize your apps on your homescreen based on your usage, so you get to information faster.

The app consists of four panes that you cycle through by swiping horizontally. The main is the homescreen. You can pin favourite apps and widgets, as well as one image, on the main pane. To its left is Space (a group of activity scenarios e.g. work, home, going somewhere, as well as settings). Swipe to the right from the main pane to get to Collections (apps classified by usage e.g. social, entertainment, work, etc), and another right swipe takes you to A-Z Apps (apps organised in alphabetical order). Here is what Aviate would look like with all the panes spread out in the right order:

Aviate panes
The main pane is second from the left with the Mobility logo. It also displays the current date and time.

I have used it for a few days now, and my first impressions are that Aviate makes things more difficult for me and is actually even more boring than the default Android homescreen. Perhaps it is just me, or the fact that the work and domestic aspects of my life are so interwoven that the basis for Aviate is redundant for me. When I switch between “Work” and “Home”, I get the same apps. Then there is that matter of the whole setup of panes and dropdown menus being a bit overwhelming. Aviate leaves feels uninspiring and boring. It just doesn’t come alive to me.

Each day, Aviate suggests apps to me based on info from other users. So far, not one of those apps has struck a cord with me. You can imagine why I feel that Aviate isn’t working for me. But this isn’t a full review yet, and the app is still beta anyway. There is still time for it to grow on me, and I will give it that second chance. And maybe a third. And a fourth.

Have you tried out Aviate? What has been your experience?

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7 comments

  1. I tried out the aviate app a month or two ago, i like some aspects of the way the app works particularly the way apps are categorized in the app menu but everything else i didn’t like. In my experience most of these contextual launchers seldom live up to their billing.

  2. I used it for about 2 days and went back to Nova Launcher Prime. I agree with you that it makes thing more difficult.
    “You can pin favourite apps and widgets, as well as one image, on the main pane.”
    You can actually add more than one picture to it, but it looks better with one picture.

  3. I think the concept behind Aviate is flawed is flawed.

    Rather than use Aviate, I would use an app like…

    Glovebox, Sidebar, Swapps, etc

    in conjunction with an automation app like:

    Automagic, Tasker, AutomateIt, etc

    That combination does a more effective job, in my opininn

  4. Aviate uses GPS data to sort the apps in Space. in the absence of GPS markers to identify “Office”, “Home”, “Gym” et cetera the contextual sorting will naturally not be so effective

  5. i have been using aviate for over a month now, and really tried to embrace it, but lately just realized it makes my life difficult. i am selfemployed, and don’t have a schedule, and maybe that’s why it couldn’t pick up on anything, but it just didn’t work for me. it keeps suggesting me new apps, and switching spaces everytime i don’t need it to. sorry, but i’m going back to the regular home screen.

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