Windows 8 Metro UI on Android? Well..sort of

Want to check out Windows 8's Metro UI on your Android device? Well, if you have the right product you can do so right now... kind of. A developer has created a way to make a custom theme for a couple of Android-based tablets that looks and operates much like Microsoft's new user experience.

The developer, "Brobot175", has launched a website (via Gottabemobile.com) that goes into more detail on how he created this Metro theme for Android. The above video shows how the Metro theme looks running on a Android tablet, in this case the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. The developer says that he has even put in some elements of the Windows Phone UI in his Android Metro theme.

At the moment, the theme can only be run on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Asus Transformer tablets but "BroBot175" says that he is looking to add support for more Android tablets in the future. He has a few working widgets as well with promises of more to come. In the meantime you can check on his progress on the XDA-Developers.com forums. Keep in mind, though, that this is a third party theme for Android so you might want to make a backup of your device before installing it.

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TCLN Ryster said,

Not good for traditional desktops for you perhaps. Work's perfectly fine for me. Don't state something as fact when it's just personal opinion.

Metro is the most amazing UI in the history of mankind. I LOVE METRO.

techguy77 said,
Metro does not suck, it is a great interface for devices like this but not good for traditional desktops.

Why didn't Microsoft figure that out months ago?

It actually looks A LOT better than Windows 8: more customizable and the tiles appear to be more interactive.
Still hate this Metro thing anyway...

xfx said,
It actually looks A LOT better than Windows 8: more customizable and the tiles appear to be more interactive.
Still hate this Metro thing anyway...

Yeah it really does look alot better...

Typical aspect of Android, it still looks cartoony and horrible. At least Metro and it's Segoe WP font had an elegance to it.

McKay said,
Typical aspect of Android, it still looks cartoony and horrible. At least Metro and it's Segoe WP font had an elegance to it.

Dude... what are you talking about? It looks pretty much like metro with a slightly different font. You quite clearly have outdated views of android and are just attacking it for the sake of it.

M4x1mus said,

Dude... what are you talking about? It looks pretty much like metro with a slightly different font. You quite clearly have outdated views of android and are just attacking it for the sake of it.

A big part of the Metro UX is transitions, without those the whole thing looks flat and lifeless. And the font is a huge part of the elegance of Metro, the font used here makes it look cartoony. The only version of Android to this date that actually looks "grown up" is 4.0 and that's on a stupidly small amount of devices.

Funny how this site and others are filled with negativity towards Windows Phone and Windows 8 yet the moment those ideas are "borrowed" and put on an android device its suddenly ok and "better". And just as ironic how for all the hate towards them the WP and now Windows 8 UI is frequently copied for other devices, dont see many people trying to recreate the android look on their WP's or Windows PC's.

It actually looks better than the real start screen on the CP. I still prefer the Android home screens though. I can't live without my beautiful animated wallpapers and widgets

jd100 said,
Of course Google will try to steal the same design. This probably has lawsuit written all over it.

Except Google didn't do this.

I should add the Android interface is very ugly. So I'd be willing to bet they try to steal Microsoft's interface. Microsoft would be a fool if they don't stop it.

jd100 said,
I should add the Android interface is very ugly. So I'd be willing to bet they try to steal Microsoft's interface. Microsoft would be a fool if they don't stop it.
Except that Google is not the one making this. And Microsoft should sue the individual that made it to save Android from such an ugly UI.

I thought the Metro interface was originally designed for smartphones and tablets, and then MS "supersized it" to become the Windows-8 interface. It should come as no surprise that it would work, sort of, on a non-MS phone.

TsarNikky said,
I thought the Metro interface was originally designed for smartphones and tablets, and then MS "supersized it" to become the Windows-8 interface. It should come as no surprise that it would work, sort of, on a non-MS phone.

See you messed up in the first line with, "I thought."

No, Metro goes back to the 1980s at Microsoft, was a full research project in the 90s, and even was used in software in the 90s like Streets and Encarta, go look them up.

Metro is about bringing KNOWN readability and usability concepts together in a digital world from the printed and graphic design world.

There is a reason Magazines and Newspapers DO NOT deviate from a set of rules that have been a fundamental part of printing and lithography for over a 100 years. Go lookup notes on Graphic Design with things like 'rule of thirds', 'white space', 'justification rules', etc.

These concepts and 'rules' are also Metro; but in the non-digital world.

With computers becoming 'graphical' and 'display' mediums, which Microsoft realized when they were working on Windows 1.0, they knew that as the dpi of displays increased, computers/computing devices would replace traditional mediums like paper.

This is where Metro came from and was NOT designed for tablets or phones.

Other early examples: Windows 1.0 has Metro features, IE4 when full screen was like IE10 in Windows 8, and there are tons of things in Windows that people just don't pay attention to that are also Metro. For example, Media Center is a Metro UI, and Office 2007/2010 and Vista also started incorporating aspects of Metro as well with the removal of antiquated concepts like Menus.

The 'hard' part of what Metro brings to the world is integrating dynamic context (aka usability) with the known traditional graphic design principles and the display of non-static content that 'moves/resize/flows' properly based on content and screen size, etc.

The last one is very important and is the CORE concept of WPF's take on MVC development. As the display and programming are independent with the XAML/Display portion of the concept also having 'intelligence' with linking and traditional 'programming' concepts attached to the controls and visual elements.

Look at WPF or Silverlight and the fundamental development controls, that provide 'flow' by being polymorphic controls that can hold on to base object intelligence and allow a wide range of display and inherent flow and page flow features.

This is why WPF aka .NET and Silverlight and WinRT and what Microsoft is adding to HTML5 and CSS3 technologies are all about, as they create 'intelligence' in the display of content that is screen independent and have design level 'programmatic' intelligence to 'display' properly and flow as needed.

Some of the best WPF examples of why it was built are old Apps that were only concept builds from the NYT, Betty Crocker, etc. Long before Magazines were trying to implement the same functionality on iPads several years later and with the 'disconnect' of ObjectiveC and Cocoa not have display intelligence is kind of a mess for developers in comparison.


So Metro is far more than what you think. Seriously.

The Metro cloners just don't get it. Metro is ugly without clean fonts (such as Segoe WP) and animations (Live Tiles, the reaction on clickable objects, the flip/turnstile transitions).

Phil_123 said,
The Metro cloners just don't get it. Metro is ugly without clean fonts (such as Segoe WP) and animations (Live Tiles, the reaction on clickable objects, the flip/turnstile transitions).

exactly. And yet people are saying that this actually looks better than Windows 8. Wtf? This is ugly. And this isn't Metro at all.

It's as if well-done Android skins have this psychological effect on people.

Phil_123 said,
The Metro cloners just don't get it. Metro is ugly without clean fonts (such as Segoe WP) and animations (Live Tiles, the reaction on clickable objects, the flip/turnstile transitions).

spot on... but I wouldn't expect MS or Apple levels of UI sophistication from "some guy" or "some company" especially when it comes to Android skins

Phil_123 said,
The Metro cloners just don't get it. Metro is ugly without clean fonts (such as Segoe WP) and animations (Live Tiles, the reaction on clickable objects, the flip/turnstile transitions).

I can actually read the text without it being half on half off the screen like WP7.

simplezz said,

I can actually read the text without it being half on half off the screen like WP7.

lucky you can use other crappy android skins then ^^

LOL

Now if they can just get Android to run as fast, not randomly kill Apps, and be far more stable and secure, it would be somewhat credible.

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