Microsoft has announced its Arrow Launcher beta testing app for Android, even though there are plenty of Launcher apps available in Google Play Store for free as well as paid. Nevertheless, Microsoft is only in one of the few companies and biggest competitors against Google, though providing to be a much better platform friendly by creating a new Android Launcher.
The launcher for Android device owners gives you a home page with one row on top for your recently used apps, and three rows for apps that you use the most frequently. Apps displayed on the dock are determined by the user, and normally may include those used very often.
Like all the top 10 best Android Launchers, this new Arrow Launch has a swipe to the right that eventually takes you to the Notes & Reminders page where you can seamlessly type in a list of things to do and even check a box once the task is completed. Another swiping to the opposite direction brings you to a list of people from your contacts list that you recently got in touch with via phone, email or text. It also provides you with a list of frequently used contacts.
You can also swipe up to see more options including additional dock shortcuts. The app drawer is posted alphabetically, and you can use your finger to slide down a list of letters to reach an app faster.
The applications called itself Arrow Launcher is currently under private beta. Not everyone has access to it just yet. You can get your hands on it a couple ways. Later we’ll be providing a detailed post on how to use Arrow Launcher on Android.
The user can literally drag the dock up to display a whole other section with recent contacts, a few option buttons and an extra set of dock shortcuts. Additionally, the docks can be edited and customized to show whichever apps you prefer, just in case the frequent and recent ones are not always on point. Several apps includes Messaging, Contacts, calendar with new icons. Settings are currently shows less features such as option to check for updates, change the wallpaper – includes daily Bing wallpaper and also provide feedback about the launcher app for improvements.
As aforementioned, Arrow Launcher is not public as yet, but it’s not necessary hard to get your hands on it. Two ways to test it on your Android phones.
- Request to be added to the Arrow Launcher Beta Google+ community.
- Download the APK file and manually install Arrow Launcher (remember to enable the unknown sources settings on your Android phone).
You can also download Microsoft Arrow Launcher APK version 1.0.15210.dev from here.
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