There are a couple of launchers for Android out there that are designed to resemble Windows Phone 7, but they’re still lacking in features and need further development. Also, most Android users probably aren’t too eager to sacrifice their customizable, side-scrolling Android home screens simply to acquire a WP7 makeover with limitations. Enter “Motorola Defy 7,” a new theme created originally for the Motorola Defy that also works with other Android devices. Instead of replacing your go-to launcher with a raw project, where its best feature is potential, the MD7 theme uses favorites like LauncherPro or ADWLauncher EX as a base.
Adrian Mignogna, the creator, has put together a video teaser and step-by-step tutorial on how to get the theme running on your Android. As you can see in the clip, he’s constructed a clever way of organizing apps and widgets with Windows Phone 7 style graphics. It’s essentially built in layers, through the use of a custom launcher, live wallpaper, settings, icons, apps, and widgets. That way, it’s more like the familiar Android experience with a touch of WP7 flavor, rather than a half-baked launcher replacement. Check out the video to see it in action, then read on for the details.
- If you haven’t already, install LauncherPro or ADWLauncher EX
- Launcher settings: change icon grid columns to 6 and rows to 10, hide notification bar, and transition effect should be set to “slide” or something similar.
- Use a custom, transparent dock with 5 icons for the launcher and only use the first and last spots (leave the rest transparent).
- Install MultiPicture Live Wallpaper, assign desired wallpapers from the “Windows Phone 7 UI” pack, and then make sure transition effect is set to “slide.”
- Change and adjust icons on the home screens with Desktop VisualizeR. To do this, add widgets with DV and make sure to use the 2×2 templates.
- Add your favorite widgets and enjoy the Windows Phone 7 theme.
Note: no details were provided on the lock screen shown in the video, but after some digging, I’ve discovered that it is, indeed, LockBot Pro.