The ability to run custom launchers is one which certainly gives Android the edge over rivaling mobile OSes, and Go Launcher – a home screen alternative we featured a short while ago – is without doubt one of the best around.

Often referred to as "home screen replacements" as well as simply launchers, some of the better ones can yield fantastic results, and Android’s open source-ness presents the perfect breeding ground for them to flourish. Unlike other mobile OSes, which offer precious little in the way of home screen customization, launchers allow you to alter the way the home screen acts, presents itself when the home button on your device is pressed. Best of all, you needn’t be a seasoned Android hacker or developer in order to install it – simply download, install and enjoy.

One of the most recognizable features of the upcoming Windows 8 OS has to be the beautiful Metro user interface, which offers tiles galore in a new, yet seemingly popular approach. Thanks to a brand new Go Launcher theme, you can enjoy something representative of the tiled UI on your Android device.

OK, so it’s not strictly metro – the tiles are all the same size, and arranged in a suspiciously Android / iOS-esque manner, but the cleanliness and minimalism still shines though, if you’re a fan of simple, elegant design, then you needn’t look much further than the Windows 8 Go Launcher Theme, a free download over at the Google Play Store.

If you’ve already installed Go Launcher, then installing the Windows 8 theme is none too difficult. Simply download the theme package from the link below, press the menu button while on the home screen, and click "theme". Then, simply select "Windows 8 Go Launcher theme," followed by "Apply."

The perfectly symmetrical layout of Android remains prevalent, so don’t expect the full-on Windows 8 experience complete with expanding tiles. Nonetheless, it’s sharp, smart, and will improve the look of any Android home screen, so why not download via the link below and give it a try for yourself?

Download Windows 8 Go Launcher Theme for Android [Google Play link]

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