Shortly after launching its Win8 Metro Testbed on Cupertino's tablet, Splashtop's bringing the Microsoft OS simulator over to the Android side. The app is essentially identical to that of the iPad, meaning it'll give developers (or any other adventurers) a Windows 8 canvas to test out possible future applications on Redmond's novel platform. That said, you'll need to have a copy of the Release Preview installed on your PC, as well as a Google-certified slate sporting Android 3.1 or higher, with a "target" screen resolution of 1280 x 800 in order to kick things off. The Splashtop Win8 Metro Testbed will cost you $50, though the service has an ongoing promo which slashes half of the usual price. If you're curious enough to dive in, you can grab the application now via Google Play -- or, you could always check the video after the break while you're thinking it through.
Splashtop Launches Win8 Metro Testbed for Android Tablets
Splashtop's Win8 Metro Testbed turns an Android tablet into a Windows 8 device with native Metro UI touch gestures for app developers and technology enthusiasts
San Jose, CA (PRWEB) June 06, 2012
Splashtop Inc., the worldwide leader in cross-device computing, today announced the release of "Win8 Metro Testbed – powered by Splashtop," for Android, a remote desktop app that allows software developers and technology enthusiasts to simulate a Windows 8 environment on a tablet.
Splashtop's Win 8 Metro Testbed for the iPad has been popular with developers and users alike. In the Apple App Store, Win8 Metro Testbed has been the #1 grossing iPad app overall in 4 countries, the #1 grossing iPad app in Utilities in 72 countries, including the US, Japan and China and the #33 top-grossing iPad app overall in the US.
Now by popular demand, Splashtop is delivering a developers solution for Android tablets running Android 3.1 and up, with a target screen density of 600dpi (1280x800) and screen sizes of seven or ten inches. Using Splashtop's new Win8 Metro Testbed solution, developers can test native Metro UI touch gestures on an Android tablet to code and compile new apps on their Windows PC.
"In response to the high demand from Splashtop fans and the developer community, we have provided a Windows 8 development platform for Android tablet owners," noted Mark Lee, Splashtop CEO and co-founder. "With Windows 8 Metro both iPad and Android developers can now turn their tablets into a development testbed to evaluate touch gestures and functionality of their app in a Windows 8 environment."
With Splashtop's Win8 Metro Testbed for Android, Windows 8 app developers can use their existing Android tablets to test their apps and keep them current with new releases of Windows 8 Preview without having to purchase a costly Windows tablet.
Win8 Metro Testbed enables native Windows 8 Metro touch gestures, including the ability to:
Swipe from the right to view the Charms menu
Swipe from the left to switch apps
Swipe left/right in Internet Explorer to move between pages
Swipe down to bring up additional menus
Swipe down on an item to select it
Pull down from the top to close an app
Swipe slowly from the left to run two apps side-by-side ("snapping")
Swipe from left-and-back to show running apps
Pinch to navigate files, folders, apps and data with Semantic Zoom
View a short video of Win8 Metro Testbed on an Android tablet at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6DW7bIcMKw and on the iPad at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwIeWfvcZ_o
Win8 Metro Testbed can be downloaded for a special launch promotion price of $24.99 USD (regular price of $49.99 USD) from Google Play at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.splashtop.remote.pad.win8 or for the iPad from the iTunes App Store at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/win8-metro-testbed-powered/id514878988?ls=1&mt=8