Android starting to finally ape WP7/Zune UI

Well, it was just a matter of time before 3rd party developers come up with a way to mimic the ZuneHD/Windows Phone 7 start menu on Android--actually, we're kind of shocked it took this long.

'Zune Home Launcher' is not a bad beginning, though we'd argue it misses the best part of 'Metro': the dynamic start tiles. In fact, the "list as a Start menu" thing is probably the weakest part of Metro at this point (we're not looking to endless scrolling, something already common on Android).

With rumors that Android 3.0 is going to get a much needed UI overhaul, we're curious as to where all of this is going for our closest competitor.

See the video of Zune Home Launcher in action at AndroidCentral.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • It also look like Titanium from WM6.5, no?
  • Yup, that too ;-)
  • Weak iconography on that Android handset. Headphones = email?
  • Those are actually 'quick launch' programs that are pinned to the left, though I could see how from a static screen it'd look like icons for email, etc.
  • Either way I think that it is a good look. It does look similar to Windows Default (Titanium) in Windows Mobile (that's a good thing). I have gone back to using Titanium in WM on my HD2 and love it. Everything is so much easier to access and MUCH faster. Less swiping around trying to look "cool" and more accomplishing what I am trying to do. My smartphone is a tool that I use to do whatever it is I am working on...not something to play with just to be playing with it...unless that is the goal at the time!
  • Heh, if this takes off I hope whoever made it is ready to get sued to hell and back, I'm pretty sure MS doesn't like people jacking their UI designs.