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Today, nearly a year after the creation of The Seven+ Project, marks the initial release of another sub-project: OpenMetro. This project is freely available under a non-commercial, attribution-required license that will enable skilled developers to create great Windows Phone 7/ Metro User Interface applications for Android 2.1 Eclair and above. More information can be found on Thomas Barrasso’s blog and of course access to the actual JAR file as well as documentation on GitHub.

When StatusBar+ was first released, there was only a paid version. It had one feature: “Enable the custom status bar.” This was revolutionary because prior to September 10th, 2011, most Android users would have never though that a custom status bar was even possible without rooting your device and flashing a customROM. Well we not only proved that it is possible, but we are proving that by making a custom status bar an app the possibilities are endless!

We are working on greatly enhancing StatusBar+. When it was first released it did not support third-party notifications, hiding in full screen applications, or just about anything it does now! As one would imagine, it is quite difficult to create a custom status bar as it is not a “normal” kind of application, especially given the over 1,400 different Android devices running Eclair 2.1 or higher. We want everyone to experience StatusBar+ for themselves, but of course we need to support our time and effort in development. Today, StatusBar+ Lite is now StatusBar+ Trial, a full-featured 14-day free trial of StatusBar+. It should allow the user to get a feel for the app and hopefully be amazed by what it can do. Enough so to consider supporting us and purchasing the full version.

We understand that not every user has a credit card and that is why StatusBar+ is also available on AndroidPit and can be purchased using PayPal.

Often times we look at out applications and think how much further we have to go. We notice all of the features missing, all of the bugs, and the differences in responsiveness compared to the applications that inspire us. Try as we may, the glass is always half empty.

Today we are encouraging everyone to join us and have pride, the glass is in fact half full! We want to show everyone what we have done and not what we still have to do.

Launcher7 is our oldest application available on Google Play so it is only reasonable that it is also our most established. Here is a full-scale panoramic screenshot of Launcher7 running on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Widget tiles, app tiles, folders, notification counter tiles, contact tiles, and more and displayed, each just a swipe away! The top status bar is another of our apps, StatusBar+. The result: a seamless, highly-customizable WP7 experience. The custom status bar is a built-in feature of Launcher7 as well for those who do not need the same level of customization. A swipe to the right reveals an app drawer with the option for indexing so that two clicks is all you need to reach any app. All this under $2.

Our second oldest application is ZPlayer and with age comes wisdom. It is a highly-refined music experience like no other. It has a simple, smooth user experience and features every music junkie will love. Even the largest collection is no match as the panoramic home screen allows for quick navigation to what you care about while jumpviews make getting around albums and artists a breeze. It integrates with services like last.fm to provide amazing, high-quality images, album art, and artist biographies. The features are endless and the best way to understand is to experience it yourself.

Although many users take this for granted, we take every detail seriously. The Seven+ Calculatoris not even a year old and yet it is loved by many and packs more features than the original inspiring app. It is the perfect calculator for any user, offering advanced trigonometric functions along with simple percent operations. Whether you need to calculate a tip or the angle of an physics problem, The Seven+ Calculator works for you. That, and it looks great doing it. Did we also forget to mention, it is completely free!

Want to show your support and get an awesome t-shirt? We’ve uploaded the “I Love Seven+ Android” design to SpreadShirt. We get a $2.39 commission on each shirt sold so it is a great way to show your support and tell everyone about us. As always thank you and happy coding!

Today marks the beginning of a collection of Windows Phone inspired wallpapers, a series to show your support for The Seven+ Project! If you are a fan of any or all of our applications or just want to spice your desktop up with a little bit of the Metro User Interface take a look below. For the works below we would like to give a special thanks to the talented graphic artist, Graham Macphee.

logoAfter much anticipation a number of our applications including Launcher7,StatusBar+, and The Seven+ Calculator, are available on AndroidPit! This will allow our users who want to purchase and support our applications via PayPal to do so. We have never used this service before but have had a pleasant experience thus far with uploading our applications. To bear with us as we get used of a new system and if you were previously unable to purchase our application due to a lack of a credit card this should help.