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Windows Phone Android Metro-fies your homescreen [App Reviews]

December 9, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka

Android App Reviews, Android Apps

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Yes, I already know that it’s sometimes silly for people to copy other phone interfaces. But there are a lot of people who love Android apps but want to try the launcher from other operating systems. Those people who love Android but like Microsoft’s new phone UI should check out Windows Phone Android Lite.

WP Android is a simple screen composed of user-set tiles “pinned” to the home page. This is similar to the MetroUI from Windows Phone 7, which is something I’ve seen several LauncherPro users attempt to replicate. Android users can instead install this app, browse their installed list, and long-press on a selection to create a homescreen tile. There is a maximum of 12 tiles in the Lite version, but the $2.99 PRO version will enable up to 265 apps.

Windows Phone Android is recommended for 480 x 800 resolutions and works best on Android 2.1 or higher. There are currently some problems with getting it to work on the Samsung Fascinate, but others should experience better compatibility. After testing the app for a short period on an HTC EVO, I can report that this app scrolls smoothly and does what it promises. However, I still think that there are a variety of home screen apps – ADW, LauncherPro, and even the standard launchers come with phones – are better and more feature-rich. Download this app if you like the look of WP7 but love Android too much to make the switch.

KEY FEATURES

  • Replicates Windows Phone 7 homescreen
  • Pins up to 12 apps on lite, 256 on Pro version
  • Choose black or white background
  • Choose Blue, Green, Orange, or Red tiles (Red looks orange, Orange looks yellow on my phone)

Install this app

App: Windows Phone Android

Price: Free Lite, $2.99 Pro

Website: Android Technical