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Metro UI Theme for the Galaxy Tab 10.1
Starting with Windows Phone 7 and continuing with Windows 8, Microsoft’s Metro UI has made a strong splash in the tech community. While there are some who don’t care for the Redmond flair, many users feel that Metro UI is fun and aesthetically appealing. Unfortunately for users of other mobile OSes, Metro UI was originally intended for use only on Windows devices.
However, that has never stopped industrious Android developers in the past. Now those carrying the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 can get some Metro UI-themed goodness as well. XDA Senior Member BroBot175 has released an extensive theme to simulate the Metro experience. The application and theme is flashable via ClockworkMod recovery. Once it’s installed, the application will change your home screens to a Metro UI-like interface and theme your status bar to match. Currently, the modification is in beta testing, so there are some bugs that still need to be worked out. The number of widgets is also still growing, so by no means is this a final release. Users who enjoy it should keep up with the development as it unfolds.
For additional information, screen shots, download links and more, check out the modification thread. As usual, make a backup before flashing so you can restore in case you don’t like it or in case something goes awry.
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