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I started [using the Aviate Launcher](http://davidjohnmead.com/2014/03/03/mapping-out-the-day/) about this time last year. Designed solely for Android, I found was a great new way of using my phone.
It automagically grouped your apps into specific 'collections'. You could also add and remove apps from these collections. The killer (for me) part of Aviate was 'spaces'. These would change throughout the day, based on time and location. You could then add different collections & widgets into these spaces.
Over the last year they've pushed some nice improvements, but the push last night was a complete surprise! Marked as "Misc. bug fixes" it was actually a complete change to the functionality and design of the app.
Gone are the spaces, replaced by a Yahoo! search bar on every screen with a dropdown containing only "today", "places", and "entertainment".
The music card only shows the first four items in the collection. I tried dragging another icon in but got an error message...
> Bandcamp is already in the null collection
Though the collections remain, you can't add them into these three new items, and nothing seems to change based on location.
I first got this on my tablet and [thought it was a mistake](https://twitter.com/davidmead/status/586871381423292416) as the [Google Play page](https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tul.aviate&hl=en) still shows images and description of the old app. I had to remove and reinstall it on my phone to get the new version, and now wish I didn't.
The whole thing feels like the core team left and it's been giving to new one to make it more "Yahoo-like", gutting everything that I found useful.
I tried to keep using it, but uninstalled it after 12 hours. Now I'm hoping someone will take what's been ripped out of Aviate and makes something new.