Making Android look like Windows Phone, need some help

Michael Goff

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Alright, here's what I've done so far.

>Installed Launcher8
>Installed Windows Phone Notifications
>Changed Boot Animation (It still shows Google initially, can't remove that apparently)
>WP7 contact lite installed
>Messaging7 installed
>WP7 Calculator installed

Things needed:
>Any good camera apps?
>Weather tile
>Gmail tile

That's about it, I know how to change the Status Bar and the media player, those are ones I'm going to have to buy. Of course, I'll do that -eventually-. And I'll be buying the non-lite versions of the others as well.

Edit: It'd also be nice to change the gallery app. I know there is no Bing maps. And ... Is there a way to make the on screen buttons the buttons you'd find on a Windows Phone?
 
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Michael Goff

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It seems you should just buy a Windows Phone at this point.
I've no experience with modifying Android but good luck to you.
Except I love having the good Google Apps experience. Google Hangouts? Keep? Drive? YouTube? There aren't any good apps for most of those, with the last likely being taken down because of a Cease and Desist letter.
 

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Except I love having the good Google Apps experience. Google Hangouts? Keep? Drive? YouTube? There aren't any good apps for most of those, with the last likely being taken down because of a Cease and Desist letter.
Ah so you'd prefer a Windows Phone with support for Android apps? Kinda like how the Playbook supports some Android 2.3 apps or something?
Or you just want Android to LOOK like WP?
 

Michael Goff

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Ah so you'd prefer a Windows Phone with support for Android apps? Kinda like how the Playbook supports some Android 2.3 apps or something?
Or you just want Android to LOOK like WP?
I'd like to keep my Nexus, but have it look like Windows Phone. I doubt that Windows Phone will ever support Android apps, though that would be nice.

I'm content to have my phone have the Metro (or Modern, whatever) UI with some applications that fit that criteria as well.

Don't get me wrong, I had a Lumia 900 and it was awesome... but I love my Google services to death.
 

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I'm not sure how well they would integrate with your existing launcher/WP themed apps but you should take a look at some of the designs over at mycolorscreen.com. There are some beautiful recreations of WP/Metro (for example) and many times the creators will provide the files needed to do it yourself.
 

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yep, you should buy a windows phone. havent converted any android phone into a windows phone.
Does Windows Phone play well with Google services yet? Hangouts, Keep, etc?

Or is Google still... being immature and stopping them?
 

Michael Goff

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well if that's the issue, why not keep 2 phones?
Because I always pass on my electronic devices to a family member when I get a new one. It's how my less tech-focused family members even get things. They wouldn't buy them for themselves.

Also, never understood the idea of having two phones. It just seems like wasted money to me.
 

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Google's lack of support on WP8 is why I had to leave my Lumia 920. I loved the phone, but there is very little hope Google will ever embrace the platform like they did with their iOS apps. It's a shame.

It's weird how MS pretty much just made Windows and Office for a long time, apple made computers and OSX, Google was entirely software based and pretty much was a search engine that evolved into Gmail and some other cloud services... Three really different companies that you would think could work well together, and now they are all competing in the smartphone market.
 

Michael Goff

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Google's lack of support on WP8 is why I had to leave my Lumia 920. I loved the phone, but there is very little hope Google will ever embrace the platform like they did with their iOS apps. It's a shame.

It's weird how MS pretty much just made Windows and Office for a long time, apple made computers and OSX, Google was entirely software based and pretty much was a search engine that evolved into Gmail and some other cloud services... Three really different companies that you would think could work well together, and now they are all competing in the smartphone market.
Well, not to too Microsoft's horn... but a lot of their software is on both iOS and Android. A lot of Google software is on iOS. It just seems like Google is purposefully shutting out Microsoft's mobile ventures. They're probably do the same with the desktop, but... well, they can't afford that.
 

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Google wants to maintain the duopoly between iOS and Android, WP would cut from their market share, so they don't support it so people like the OP are forced to not use WP.
 

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Yep. What's funny is that if Microsoft blocked google services from their PCs everyone would cry foul. Funny how that works. Bullchit really.
 

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Yep. What's funny is that if Microsoft blocked google services from their PCs everyone would cry foul. Funny how that works. Bullchit really.
It's not exactly blocking though, Google just isn't developing Google Apps for WP8, and the YouTube app Microsoft provided broke their terms & conditions (allows videos to be downloaded and skips ads)

And there would be almost no way for Microsoft to block really anything on Windows without removing major functionality. Mobile OSes are a lot different than PC OSes.
 

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Well, not to too Microsoft's horn... but a lot of their software is on both iOS and Android. A lot of Google software is on iOS. It just seems like Google is purposefully shutting out Microsoft's mobile ventures. They're probably do the same with the desktop, but... well, they can't afford that.
I agree. Google has something against WP8, why I'm not sure. You would think a company like Google could afford to develop for it but they openly said they aren't going to. They develop for iOS, who is technically a competitor. So it's weird that WP8 was left with no Google apps. It's a shame, I really like the 920 but a lot of the work and school I do is much easier to do with Google in my pocket, which is why I went Android.
 

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I'm not sure why everyone is saying get a windows phone. One of the reasons why users like android is that you can make it look like you want it.

To the OP, I think there's also a music player that makes it look like the windows music player
 

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I'm not sure why everyone is saying get a windows phone. One of the reasons why users like android is that you can make it look like you want it.

To the OP, I think there's also a music player that makes it look like the windows music player
Yep, there's that and another status thing I need to purchase from the Google Play Store.
 

Michael Goff

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I believe this is what you're looking for.
Mostly, but that is lacking in camera and calendar apps. I actually started there, but I couldn't get a couple of the things to work right. I also need to buy those applications and pay for the non-lite versions like I said.
 

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I agree. Google has something against WP8, why I'm not sure. You would think a company like Google could afford to develop for it but they openly said they aren't going to. They develop for iOS, who is technically a competitor. So it's weird that WP8 was left with no Google apps. It's a shame, I really like the 920 but a lot of the work and school I do is much easier to do with Google in my pocket, which is why I went Android.
Their reasons listed were "Windows Phone doesn't have a big enough marketshare to warrant developing for" which is a load of rubbish frankly, seeing as they made GMail, YouTube and Google Maps for WebOS.
 

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Their reasons listed were "Windows Phone doesn't have a big enough marketshare to warrant developing for" which is a load of rubbish frankly, seeing as they made GMail, YouTube and Google Maps for WebOS.
Wait, they made a YouTube app for WebOS?