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WLauncher aims to bring a Metro UI feel, functionality to Android

I’ve always thought highly of how Microsoft built its Metro UI for Windows Phone mobile devices. It’s clean, minimalistic, functional, and to a point, even pretty. I’d be lying if I said there was not a time that I wished for an Android translation-slash-execution of the Metro UI. Maybe you have, too. Looks like the answer to our prayers is in development right now – this is WLauncher, and it gives your Android device Windows Phone-like UI and a surprising functionality to it.

Android apps may run on Windows Phone via an emulator

We're not really sure about the fate of Windows Phone but Microsoft seems to be not giving up on its very own mobile platform anytime soon. Five years into the mobile app arena, Microsoft has only delivered less than 200,000 Windows Phone apps. The number is very small compared to the millions ready for download from both the Google Play Store and the App Store. It may be far (or never) before the Windows Phone Store reaches that kind of milestone but Redmond seems to be thinking now of alternative ways on how to make Windows Phone more attractive.

Alcatel PIXI 3 phones come with Android, Windows, or Firefox

Alcatel OneTouch, the smartphone brand for Hong Kong-based TCL Communications, has announced at CES 2015 their newest innovative offering, the Pixi 3 series. Aside from being colorful and affordable for the masses, this new smartphone line offers something other brands haven't brought (yet): a device that is platform-agnostic and can run on Android, Firefox OS and Windows. It will also be able to give users 4G LTE Connectivity (well, at least 3 out of 4).

Sony Xperia Transfer Mobile app lands for Windows Phone

Sony has had a smartphone app for Android users on Google Play for a while now that makes it easy to transfer your data from an old smartphone to a new Xperia unit. That app is called Xperia Transfer and it was recently updated on Android for more speed. Sony has now put the app up on the Windows Phone Store in an effort to get people to migrate from Windows Phone to Xperia Android devices.

Select Nokia X designs to become Windows phones

It was really inevitable so it's no surprise that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella wrote in an open letter that Nokia X phones will be discontinued. Sort of. His exact words were "select Nokia X product designs to become Lumia products running Windows", hinting that some of the existing line might see themselves running Windows Phone 8.1 soon.

Nokia’s went with Windows Phone to survive, avoid Samsung

In an “ask me anything” session today, former Nokia chief and current Microsoft head of devices and services Stephen Elop answered questions on a variety of topics. One of those was Nokia’s decision to make devices for the Windows Phone platform instead of Android. When prompted if he thought it was the right decision, his answer was as reasonable as it was surprising.  

Asus halts dual-boot devices after pressure from Google and Microsoft

As you may expect, neither Google nor Microsoft are happy about dual booting devices. Both feel it takes away form what they have on offer, and has the potential to confuse customers. Asus had an Android/Windows device in the works, but has reportedly shelved it due to pressure form both Google and Microsoft.

Huawei bringing dual-boot Android/Windows Phone in Q2 2014

Huawei wants to have their cake and eat it, too. The company, who recently pulled out of the US market, is promising to support Windows Phone. In doing so, they’re also hedging their bets by promising we’ll see a dual-booting device, which will bring Windows and Android on the same device.
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