Many of the home screen and launcher replacements we’ve seen focus primarily on giving you a way to personalise and customise your home screen without focusing on utility. Aviate takes a different approach. If you’re at the gym, it will surface your workout apps so you can get to them quickly. When you wake up, it shows what you have going on that day, including the weather, upcoming appointments, and anything you’ve missed overnight. When you get to work, your productivity apps are front and centre. Aviate does all of this by automatically changing your home screen layout so it’s useful whenever you pick up your phone.
The app pays attention to your location, time of day, calendar, and other saved data to adapt to your needs in a proactive way. Each of the “cards” with widgets, information, tools or app collections can be edited too, so if you don’t like what Aviate is suggesting, you can change it so it suits you. As well, the app recommends new apps to try that it thinks you’ll love based on the ones you have installed and popular apps among Aviate users. We tested it out and it works like a charm — it took a little getting used to to watch your home screen change over the course of the day, but it’s true that all of the things Aviate surfaces are useful given the context.
Aviate is currently in private beta, but if you use the code LIFEHACKAV to give it a try, you’ll be able to sign up, and also receive five more invites you can give out to friends.