The Android Phone 8 Home Screen

Lifehacker reader Dave really likes the Windows Phone UI, but couldn't give up the openness of Android. So he created this home screen, getting the best of both worlds.

Dave explains:

I really like the Windows Phone UI, but as a die-hard Android fan I won't be closing down my OS by buying a Lumia. Instead I've been testing out the various Windows Phone-style launchers available on Google Play. Until recently I was using Launcher 7, which is very customisable but based on the older Windows Phone 7, but then I found WP8 Launcher, which allows for more choices of tile shape and size. Both launchers are essentially still in beta and there are advantages to either, but they're both free, and definitely worth checking out.
I have made the important apps — Chrome, Facebook, and Gallery — nice and big, and have highlighted utilities such as Messaging, Calendar, Google Play, and Camera in orange, contrasting the standard blue theme (which you can change, but I like it anyway).
WP8 Launcher also allows you to mount any installed widget on a tile, however most of my widgets didn't fit in with the white-on-blue/orange theme I was going for. The clock was achieved using Alarm Clock Plus's widget, and the calender by using Simple Calendar Widget's Simi Clock skin with a transparent background to display my next two notifications on a 3x1 tile. The remaining non-app tiles were made using transparent 1Tap Quick Bar widgets, allowing for instance "New Message", "Redial", "New Event", "Search" "Sync All" and other settings buttons, as well as a network switches bar, media controls, a lock button, and a custom note.

Republished from Lifehacker.



    Que patent lawyers.....

    I don't mind this - and as a user of both a Windows Phone (Primary) and GS2 (Work), I could full on nerd out my handsets MS style. "Could" being the operative word there.

    whats the point without live tiles..
    also this is nothing new I had a very similar setup about 2 years ago on my galaxy s, only i had better images for each icon i.e mail was a picture of a real envelope, all he did is ruin a good skin..

    I turned my Symbian phone into an iPhone once in a similar way. The app worked well, it worked just like an iPhone functionally, but still the phone was Symbian. I didn't see the point and got rid of it (regardless of the fact that the iPhones 'dead' homescreens are essentially useless).
    I think the same would apply here, take advantage of Android and use it like it is rather than loosing Android features and not having WP features.

    the link was down when this was on lifehacker, it's still down. maybe find a mirror or something?

    i couldnt actually find this on the play store and the link doesnt work.

    Lock for launcher 8 instead of wp8 launcher

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