New iPhone Twitter app heavily copies Metro UI

While not much practical use to our readers, it's nice to see Microsoft's Metro UI catching on in a big way. A new iPhone Twitter app called 'Maha' is an exact clone of some of the popular Twitter apps on Windows Phone 7 that adhere to the Metro theme e.g. Twitter (official), Rowi and Twitt.

Between what's been shown of Windows 8, Windows Phone and Xbox 360, this Metro thing seems to be catching on. Hey, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. And maybe, just maybe, a few iPhoners will want a phone with the whole Metro UI.

via: nanapho

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.

  • Yeah, I had a feeling this would happen. But hey, there is nothing like the original. People should also understand why Microsoft was so slow to disclose new features and functionality that are coming in Mango.
  • The bulk of WP7's growth will have to come from people upgrading to their first smartphone, not from switchers. The cost of repurchasing apps (assuming they're even available on WP7) is a significant disincentive to switch from iOS and (to a lesser extent) Android. It is easier for Apple and Google to simply poach some of the Metro UI design language than it is for their customers to switch OSs. The same scenario played out with Mac OSX in the mid 00's, and very few people switched to Mac; Microsoft simply poached OSX's design language when they updated the Vista/Win7 UI.
  • it was bound to happen sooner or later... no worries, most people will know where its coming and might wanna try the original.....
  • And let's not forget it's not just the app that makes WP7 a special OS, it's the integration and ecosystem that will make it fly. The Metro UI is one thing but how it promises to work and integrate with all of MS services will be the differentiating factor.
  • Metro on WP7 looks awesome, this on iOS? Well it looks kinda like **** and poorly done.
  • Most developers fail in the design/UX department.
  • Hmmm. Does Microsoft have a patent/tradmark/trade dress or whatever on the Metro look? Wish they did! There's a Android app that 'tries' to imitate the Metro UI. I mean really - if you want Metro, get WP7.
  • I think they applied for one, but don't necessarily have it yet.
  • I dont mind Apps on different platforms have the ui look of another os. I like trying different styles out, and having that available in different apps for the platform your currently on, and customization options. I.e. When wp7 was introduced, i patched my palm pre launcher to look like a list in wp7 cause i like how it looks. Likewise, i like that mango will come with a multitasking metephore similar to cards on webos.What platforms should work on is integrating the most popular features of apps into the os or stock apps to make tasks even more seamless. I.e. I like that the facebook stresm is in the people hub, and you get to see your contacts pictures in that hub. I like the integration of just type and quick actions on webos. Etc.
  • there's also a calendar app on ios called calvetica that is metro influenced.i use both of them, and maha definitely borrows from it a lot more, but it's nice to see some pretty UI design on ios as most of the apps are quite boring/dated/ugly looking.on a related note, please let there be an announcement of the trophy next week!! :|
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