While the platform might not be doing too well with consumers, Windows Phone 7 does have something going for it — and that’s its Metro UI. The OS made a big splash last year when the it was released because of its unique, refreshing, and truly beautiful UI.
Metro UI moves beyond the realistic and plasticky look of iOS and Android, throwing all the chrome away and focusing on “typography and content” — and I love it for that. As does Google, the company seems to be heading in that direction with the Honeycomb UI as well.
Another Android fan that loves the Metro UI is Federico Carnales, developer of the popular LauncherPro app for Android. He’s currently working on a music app for Android that it’s an exact replica of Windows Phone’s. The app while still in alpha is already snappier than Android’s own music app; and as you can see in the video below, it performs and looks just like its Windows Phone’s counterpart.
At this point, we don’t know how Microsoft will take this news. They might take it as a compliment, or sue the pants off Federico. Either way, we applaud Mr. Carnales for taking the time to build this app. Hopefully, he won’t stop with the music app, and will bring the Windows Phone gallery, phone, and messaging apps to Android as well.
I’m a big fan of Federico’s LauncherPro, and if the alpha version of his music app is any indication, I’ll be an even bigger fan of “FedeMusic”. If you want to test drive — or even use it on a daily basis — Federico’s music app, you can download it here. The app should hit the Android Market in the near future, and I expect it to become very popular as soon as it does.