Got an iPhone? You probably love the iOS UI, right? Apple’s spent untold hours and money on making iOS as slick as an oily ice rink, but what you gain in fluidity you lack in customisation. Unless, of course, you jailbreak.
We’re not condoning any such action, but we do know that if you run your iPhone under the digital knife, you can tweak it however you like – now even to the point of slapping a faux version of Window 8 on it…
Jailbroken iPhones have access to all sorts of customisation tools. One of which is Dreamboard, a home replacement app that works with various themes. Some themes allow you to recreate the Android look over the top of iOS, but a new one allows for a Metro UI takeover:
The theme in question is Metroon, available for $1.50 (96p) from ModMyi. It lets you swipe through various blocks of tiles a la Windows 8, move them around to an order you like and customise the wallpaper. It even brings with it the Windows Phone lock screen.
Android can play that game
Of course, while iPhones require a jailbreak to access this sort of freedom, Android phones let you tinker with them right out of the box. If you like the Windows Metro look but have an Android-powered phone, these are the apps you need:
The Launcher: Launcher 7
This is the launcher you want. It’s highly customisable, but pick the right kind of options, icons and display mode and your phone will look and feel exactly like Windows Phone 7. Stay tuned for an update with the Windows Phone 8 look.
The Text app: Messaging Metro
Replaces your stock text messaging app with the one found in Windows Phone. Aesthetically, this does a pretty good job of recreating the look and feel, although you will need to shell out to turn on the full-screen option, or to change the colour theme.
Smart Keyboard is a replacement for, well… your keyboard, while the second half of the bargain is fulfilled by downloading and choosing the really accurate Windows phone 7 theme.
The Lockscreen: Wp7Lock Lite
This can be sketchy and may need to be manually turned off and on every now and again (as with all lock screen replacements), but it brings the upwards-sliding lock screen to your Android with the notification bells and whistles in tow.
Sorted. Now off you go, into the wild with your bastardised Windows-Android hybrid. You big freak.
iPhone app news via: JailbreakNation