First it was the iPad, now Splashtop brings Windows 8 to Android tablets

by Doug Drinkwater

June 9 2012

Splashtop's Android app normally costs $49.99, but is currently available for $24.99
Splashtop's Android app normally costs $49.99, but is currently available for $24.99

Remote desktop vendor Splashtop is keen for everyone to get an early feel of Windows 8, and so has added to its testbed app for Apple’s iPad with a version for Android tablets too.

The app works on those Android tablets running Android 3.1 or later and essentially allows the Google-powered device to simulate the Windows 8 Metro user interface.

Users will be able to test out the touch gestures of the Metro UI, bring up the “charms” menu or swipe through pages in Internet Explorer, while there’s also the ability to open menus, show running apps, and run two apps side-by-side.

All of this is bound to make for good reading if you're an Android-owning developer hoping to take your skills to Microsoft's latest operating system. The bad news however is that, at $49.99, the Android app doesn’t come cheap, although Splashtop is currently offering a deal to get both the iPad and Android apps for $24.99 each.

Splashtop says that its Windows 8 testbed app for the iPad has done well since its launch in April, and claims that the app has been the number one grossing iPad app in Utilities across 72 countries since launch, and the 33rd top-grossing iPad app overall in the US.

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