Windows Phone is an operating system developed by Microsoft for smartphones. Windows Phone features a new user interface derived from Metro design language. It was first launched in October 2010 with Windows Phone 7. Windows Phone was replaced by Windows 10 Mobile in 2015. On October 8, 2017, Joe Belfiore announced that work on Windows 10 Mobile was drawing to a close due to lack of market penetration and resultant lack of interest from app developers.
Though Windows Mobile Operating System was not as successful as its counterparts viz iOS and Android, there are many features that are worth a look. Microsoft fanboys have always desired to recreate the look, feel and functionality of Microsoft’s ecosystem on an Android phone since it was officially discontinued in the second half of 2017. Microsoft even launched its official launcher called the Microsoft Launcher on the Google Play Store for those who still want to enjoy Microsoft’s essence on their smartphones but it could not replicate the overall feel of the Windows Mobile Operating System.
Do not worry because, in this article, I will guide you to replicate the Windows Mobile experience on your Android Phone.
Giving Android An Windows Makeover
Launcher 10 is a launcher for devices running on Android that will make the user interface on your phone resemble a Windows Phone. The app offers a number of customizations and is perfect for those who love the look of Windows Phone but prefer Android overall. It will bring back all the memories that you had while using a windows mobile. It includes
- Live tiles (to show notification content in tiles as well as contacts, calendar, clock, and gallery)
- Tile badges (to show the number of missed calls, unread messages, etc)
- Resize tiles
- Pin apps as tiles to your home screen
- Add widgets to your home screen
- Folders (to group tiles together)
In addition to this, Android’s support customisability means you can change your icon pack, have live wallpapers, switch between light and dark modes, adjust tile’s transparency and many more.
Windows 10 Android Launcher
If you are a Microsoft fan, you must give it a try.
To use it, follow these steps:
- Download and install Launcher 10 from the above-mentioned link.
- Go to the ‘Settings’ app and tap on ‘Apps’.
- Under default app settings, select Launcher 10 as your default launcher.
Congratulations! you just replicated the Windows experience on your Android device.
Browser and Personal Assistant
If you are a hardcore Microsoft devotee, these nifty tricks will make you feel home.
- Download and install Edge browser from the Play Store and set it as your default browser.
- Download and install Cortana from the Play Store and set it as your default voice assistant.
It is next to impossible to replicate the complete Windows Mobile experience on Android at this stage because of the OS’s limitation but Launcher 10 does a fine job of providing a Windows Mobile experience on Android. As of now, the app has been updated quite frequently with each update bringing in some nifty improvements and features and fixing certain bugs.
Let us know about your experience after trying out the Microsoft Makeover on your Android. In case I missed to mention anything, please let me know in the comments section down below.
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