One of the quickest ways to change the look and feel of your Android device is by swapping out the launcher. The flexibility of Android allows the switch to be either subtle or more involved, depending on the launcher style. We’ve posted several choices before, including LauncherPro, ADW.Launcher, Zune Home, Gingerbread, and Netfront Life Screen. Well, now there’s one to mimic the Windows Phone 7 Metro UI.
“Windows Phone Android” will replace your home screen with a grid of tiles on what’s called a Start screen. The home screen replacement is still in its early stages of development, so features are quite limited thus far. However, the basics that have already been implemented, along with plans for future versions, make this launcher rather promising. Check out the brief video, current features, and upcoming update plans below. If you’d like to try out the free version with limited features, search “Windows Phone Android” in the Market or scan the QR code below. There’s also a paid version for $2.99, but you may want to hold off until development progresses a bit more.
- Pin or unpin up to 256 tiles (apps) to the vertically scrolling Start screen
- Swipe to slide to all apps list (or tap the arrow icon)
- Uninstall apps directly from the apps screen
- Switch themes: dark or light
- Switch accent colors: choice of blue, green, red, or orange
- Limited system notifications near the top of the screen
- Status bar with wireless connections information
- Use as launcher or standalone app
- Live tiles
- Replacement apps (to simulate Metro design)
- Movable tiles
- Support for more system notifications
Note: currently recommended for devices with WVGA (480×800) resolution.