Gadget buffs may not want to admit it but the truth is that Windows 8 has definitely made an impact giving Apple and Android users a tantalizing new choice. Now even developers are taking advantage of the new phenomenon by introducing apps mimicking Microsoft’s new software. One of the most attention-grabbing is the Fake Windows 8 app fashioned for Android smartphones and tablets.
This fun application cleverly assumes the full Windows 8 look complete with the now-famous Metro style interface. One can use this to playfully deceive friends or to impress supercilious technology experts – the resultant jocular possibilities are many.
Here’s more on the Fake Windows 8 app:
Fake Windows 8 may be used on Android mobile phones and tablets running Android versions 2.2 or higher. The application carries a universal rating, belongs to the Entertainment genre, and is modestly sized at 2.1 megabytes.
Fake Windows 8 can be downloaded freely from the Google Play store.
Fake Windows 8 User Interface
On installation and activation, Fake Windows 8 presents the entire Windows 8 look in landscape view comprising the Start screen with its attendant rows of colorful tiles.
Most of the tiles such as those relating to the Camera, Calendar, Mail, Messaging, Store, Contacts, and Maps are fully functional and duly direct users to the embedded application. For example touching the Store tile will take one to Google Play portal and activating the SkyDrive tile will take one to Dropbox, Microsoft’s prized cloud solution.
The Fake Windows app operates smoothly as long as no external navigational button is pressed, failing which the user is returned to the default Android interface. Users can also revert to the default interface via a nifty sliding Charms bar that entrenches links to the settings, home, and search functions of Android.
All in all, the user interface is vibrant, simple, and engaging.
a) The main limitation is the intermittent display of advertisements, many of them pertaining to the app’s developers. These advertisements mar the fluidity of the apps and pose a minor irritant in general.
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b) Further, some tiles do not invariably function as desired. For instance, tapping a tile related to music generates no visible music files and tapping some tiles causes the sliding Charms bar to activate by mistake.
c) Also, the Fake Windows app does not support multi-tap gestures thereby limiting the touch operations slightly.
d) Lastly, personalization cannot be carried out by the user. For instance, users cannot alter display colors and also cannot input personal details to indicate ownership.
Fake Window 8 version 1.1.12 has just been released with the ensuing fresh facets:
a) All device applications are displayed on the main home screen.
b) A special Kids’ section has been added for more family enjoyment.
c) The Games section has been revamped.
d) A fresh link has been appended to the embedded Launcher mini-application.
e) The app’s coding system has been strengthened to facilitate future versions and updates.
While it patently can’t displace the real thing, the Fake Windows 8 app is a pleasant departure from the mundane and should offer hours of enjoyment.
Andrea Walters, a freelance writer for www.satellitesales.com – The Lowest-Priced Satellite TV in America. Dish Network