Android is stealing our Metro mojo

As if the iPhone-WP7 launcher wasn't enough, someone has gone and created a pretty thorough Metro launcher for Android called 'Launcher7'.

Featuring tiles, customization and the normal shoddy icons, the app is actually pretty good for Android (so far, they've had less than stellar WP7 "clones"). Anyways, watch the video above from our sister-site Android Central to get an idea. Hey, imitation is flattery and lets be honest, Android never looked so good.

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.

  • Well, it looked kind of clunky on the mainscreen, but good for them. The one thing I noticed that I think WP7 should have was their live tiles management/options - that was nifty.
  • This is probably the best reproduction of WP7's UI yet. I remember that iPhone one and that early Android one and they were butt ugly. This one actually looks clean and responsive.Note to self: If I ever buy an Android phone, download Launcher7 immediately!
  • Runs great on my GalaxyTab, its obviously just the main screen which isnt necessarily the most exciting part of WP7 and the transitional animations arent nearly as good but damn does it look good.
  • I will be getting the real one, on March 20th!!! no need to settle for a look a like.
  • so everyone wants to be a windows phone now lol :)
  • so i just downloaded this on my Evo. I also have a Venue Pro and I must say I love it on my Evo....but Im wondering if Microsoft's patent of the the tiled start screen in anyway can put a damper on my Evo's new start screen goodness.
  • The scrolling part is not as smooth with a real Windows Phone 7. To be honest, I also saw and tried Samsung tab and the scrolling is really not that smooth.
  • This is ridiculous they took the smartphone idea and ui from Apple while Schmidt was on the board of Apples, took program lines from Java/Oracle, took the subscription service from Apple and dropped the price, and accused Bing of copying, and here we are. The ultimate form of flattery, the eco-system that everyone was in doubt of WP7 'metro ui' is on an android. Why is it the ultimate flattery no one re-did a WebOS or RIM OS, maybe they did but I haven't seen it. I know this isn't an official release but it certainly follows tradition. It will be shortly before the UI catches on fire and then clones won't be necessary, metro ui is here to stay. Shock and awe is in effect boyeee.........
  • The touch responsiveness of the screen is still poor.
  • One thing I think Android has done better here is the ability to choose any tile color.
  • Come on MS law suit, law suit, law suit, law suit, law suit, law suit, law suit!!! ;)
  • wow a metro interface with all the features of android. Not
  • this actually looks really really...... ****