Posted April 13, 2012 by Sarabjeet Singh in Android Tips

How to Install Windows 8 Metro UI on Android Tablets

Windows 8 Customer Preview is out, and it boasts of many interesting features. One of most talked features is ‘Metro UI’, which has changed those traditional Start Menu experience to next generation. Windows 8 Metro UI is undoubtedly appealing to customers with making beautiful tiled look. But as this is feature of Windows, Android users have no option to get that Metro User Interface. But XDA Developers Member ‘BroBot175′ has done the effort to resolve complaint about Metro UI of Android Tablet users.

Android Tablets Metro UI How to Install Windows 8 Metro UI on Android Tablets

The new Metro is now possible on Android Tablets, as users would see the latest look over notifications panel and home screen. As of now, it is compatible with range of major Tablets, which includes Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, Acer Iconia Tab A500, Amazon Kindle Fire, HP TouchPad, Advent Vega, ASUS Transformer Prime, LG Optimus Pad, and Motorola Xoom. The tablets should be running on either Android 3.0 Honeycomb or latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) Operating System. Currently, this theme is in beta stage, as it might contain bugs.

Disclaimer: The theme is not official by any means, and it intends to modify the layout of your Android Tablet screen. We at TechClap.com or Developers should not be responsible any errors caused to your Tablet by following this tutorial article. Please try the steps to Install Metro UI on your Android Tablet at your own risk.

Pre Requisite

  • Ensure to charge your Tablet, at minimum of 75%, to make sure that it won’t run out of power.
  • Make the backup of all the data in your tablet, to safeguard against any possible data loss.
  • Make sure that you have data cable and latest Drivers installed in your Personal Computer.

The Metro UI Theme available to two versions, for ICS and Honeycomb. We would guide you for both the platforms, please follow every step carefully.

How to Install Metro UI on Android 3.0 Honeycomb Tablets

Step 1: Connect the tablet to Computer through USB Cable.

Step 2: Now, download this file, and save it in your computer. After that transfer the file to the Root of SD card, please ensure that tablet is connected to PC.

Step 3: Boot into ClockModRecovery mode, and then flash the file you have downloaded in Step 2. If you had flashed the any of Villain theme earlier in your tablet, then you need to flash th ROM again without wiping data or cache. After that this theme should be flashed into the tablet. If in case you’re still getting error, then you can re-download and flash the ROM again, to smoothly flash the Metro UI theme.

Step 4: Now, you need to Download file MetroUITiles, and then save into the SD card of Tablet.

Step 5: Extract the file, and then create a folder in SD card with name ‘MetroUI’.

Step 6: Ensure to check the folders named, ‘Small Tiles, Big Tiles, Category Names, Widgets and Apps, Customization, and Wallpapers. Just open the folder ‘Widgets and Apps’ and Install ‘Destkop Visualiser’, after that you can install any other widget you want to install as per your choice.

Step 7: Now, you need a Custom launcher with function, with capabiliyt to resize widgets. I recommend ‘ADW Launcher’, which can set up everything easily and perfectly.

Step 8: Firstly go to MetroUITiles folder, and copy adw_ex_settings to the root of microSD card. Then simply visit ADW settings, and restore settings.

Step 9: Now, you can select Touch Effect, Background Color, Widget Usage etc. options. On the homescreen click ‘widgets’, and then click on any empty widget, then select icon and image file, after that you can select file manager. Then go to MetroUITiles folder and select ‘start’>’select action’>None. If you have used defaults settings here, then you won’t need to change anything.

Step 10: You can select a big and better quality picture for ‘Category Names’. Hold down the image, and then Click Edit. You can resize them accordingly of 2 high and 3 long pictures. After that, simply move to Top row, and perform the same action for rest of categories.

Step 11: Now, it comes ‘Tiles’. From the home screen, click ‘widgets’, scroll to the Desktop visualizer. Now you need to keep both small and big tiles, for that you need to Press OK to 4×4, and then click empty widget>select icon>Select preferred image file. After that task, you can down to the other settings, where we have to set up icon for app. Firstly select action>find app>and select the file you wanted to open. You can even try this for bookmarks. Now, click ‘clear’ to hide the label.

Step 12: As you have noticed, there is a big icon exists on the home screen, simply click ‘edit’, for big tile select 2×2, and for small tile select 1 long 2 up in square format. You need to continue doing this, until full screen shows up.

Despite of Android 3.0 Honeycomb method, ICS Users also got method. Follow the below mentioned easy steps.

How to Install Metro UI in Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) Based Tablets

Step 1: First of all, if it is not connected already, then Connect the tablet to Computer through USB Cable.

Step 2: Download this file, and save it in a location in your personal computer hard drive. You need to know transfer the file to Root of Tablet’s SD card.

Step 3: Reboot the tablet into ClockModRecovery mode, and then simply flash the file you have downloaded in Step 2. Kindly note, your tablet should be installed recovery to enable this theme installation.

Step 4: After following above step, Download MetroUITiles file, and then save into the SD card of Tablet.3

Step 5: Follow the Step 5 to Step 12 from Honeycomb Tutorial above, and apply same procedures with care.

Congratulation! You’ve got Metro UI on your Android Powered Tablet. Developer promised to improve the theme and add more widgets into it. Though, we tried to simplify the process of every step, but still this process is not so much easy for normal users. But if you’re facing any problem, you can surely consult with developer at XDA. If you have successfully installed MetroUI on you device, do share the experience with us.

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Sarabjeet Singh

Real Android Freak and Gadget Lover, loves to try new ROMs on his own and his friend's phones. He is Assistant Editor of TechClap.com, and writes mostly about Android.