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Android 4.0 UI = Metro

I remember a funny quote on twitter yesterday after the Android 4.0 unveiling.  It went something like: 'Android was born as a bad imitation of BlackBerry, it grew into a iPhone look-alike, and now could retire as another Windows Phone.  If you don't understand, you need to take a look at the second image in Sebastian Anthony's article yesterday:

Moving through the presentation, Google showed us that Ice Cream Sandwich has a very simple, clean, tile-based interface. There are no rounded corners, no brushed metal textures, visual contrast is very high, and most of all, content is king.

These are the exact same design guidelines that underpin Microsoft’s Metro style paradigm, the tile- and typography-based interface that governs Windows Phone 7 and Windows 8.

--Sebastian Anthony

I know that despite how others might feel about the platform and its usability, the first thing that many people thought about WP7 when they first saw it was: 'Man, that looks stylish'.  Google, intentionally or not, has given a nod to the Metro UI style's legitimacy.  Google's new "Roboto UI" as it's called, is also imbued with some Google+ DNA to maintain interface recognition. 

The other good news is that Android 4.0 is indeed open source after 3.0 was not.
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