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Splashtop made waves (thankyouverymuch) in April when the mobile app company launched the Windows 8 Testbed Metro for the iPad. This iPad app allowed owners to experience the few highs and many lows of Windows 8 Metro. As Engadget put it then, it must be a bit uncomfortable for iPads, but it’s a very impressive app offering nearly all the functionality of Metro including the many multitouch swipe functions. And now it’s available for Android tablets, too.
The price is still the same: $ 49.99 but its current 50% off for an unspecified limited time. The app runs at a resolution of 1280 x 800 resolution and supports Android tabs ranging from seven to ten inches. Like its iPad counterpart the app supports Metro’s UI touch gestures allowing developers and consumers alike to experience most of Metro on their current devices.
Sure, it’s a bit pricy even at the $ 25 promotional price, but the app is fully functional even if it’s not as smooth as the real thing. If Windows 8 calls your name, it’s best to jump on the platform now. For most people Metro is not love at first sight. You have to learn to love Metro.
This has gotta be uncomfortable for the iPad. Now, Windows 8 tablet developers — or anyone, for that matter — can test their apps and play with the Microsoft’s Metro interface from within the confines of Apple’s ubiquitous tablet. The functionality is made possible by Splashtop, which is known for its remote desktop apps that are currently available for Android and iOS. It seems that a good amount of effort went into this application, known as the Win8 Metro Testbed, which offers the same swipe capabilities that will be available on a native system. This includes the ability to swipe from the left to switch apps, swipe from the right to reveal the Charms menu, and pull down from the top to close an application. Splashtop’s Win8 Metro Testbed is currently available for a promotional $ 24.99 in the iTunes App Store, whereafter it will sell for $ 49.99. You’ll find the full PR and a quick video tour of the app’s functionality after the break.
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