Microsoft has officially unveiled the stable version of Arrow Launcher for the Android users, a move that ends the testing phase of the application.
With this new launcher, you will definitely notice that there is really no home screen. However, the good thing is that the application allows the users to quickly access their favorite apps or most used settings such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, airplane mode, flashlight and many others – settings that would otherwise have been accessed via the Control Center.
In addition to all these, the complete Arrow Launcher is equipped with integrated reminders, widget with support for third party icons and a recent tab that plays home to all recently used apps, photos, dropped calls as well as downloads. Microsoft also included a People Management feature, a dock that can be customized as well as custom wallpapers.
Feature-packed Arrow Launcher for Android
Despite all these capabilities of Arrow Launcher, you will be surprised to learn that there is even more to this than just providing the users with lists of all installed programs.
The basic idea here was for Microsoft to provide the Android users with something else – a slightly tweaked interface than the usual one. In this line of argument, it is true to say that the launcher sometimes tastes almost like iOS 9 and even though the Google Play Store is full of Android launchers, there is none that truly leaves all users fully satisfied.
What this new Microsoft-based launcher does is to offer the users with quick access to apps, allow easier and faster sending of messages to friends, as opposed to what happens when one has to jump in and out of multiple apps. Once this app is installed, you will see the experience with the main app launcher grid replaced.
Microsoft Arrow can now be downloaded from the official Google Play Store by any willing Android user and it’s totally free.
The Windows maker is trying hard to see that its newest Windows 10 Mobile OS is adopted on more mobile platforms than with the case of Windows Phone, including this opening up of its services or apps to other competing platforms such as Android and iOS. If this works, we may end up seeing other Microsoft products such as Bing, Office as well as OneDrive being pushed to other platforms through the launcher.
Arrow Launcher is currently under the company’s umbrella project known as Microsoft Garage.