Guess who is a busy bee churning out Android apps as if there is no tomorrow? We'll save you the suspense - Microsoft, of all things. From a lock screen or time-lapse photography, through full-blown Office apps
and, now, a launcher
, Microsoft is making strides in the Android world, and we have to say the results are pretty good so far.
The so-called Next Lock Screen
app provides interactive visibility for the most used actions with your phone - you can dial back with a simple swipe, scroll quickly through your calendar appointments, or simply launch a preset app, all from as early as your lock screen. That functionality is not all, though, as the lock screen replacement is very well made in terms of graphical design, too. You can also customize the lock screen background to your own liking.
The Arrow Launcher
is still in beta, but it already offers the same polished graphics experience, with apps displayed on the dock decided by the user. A swipe to the right takes you to the Notes & Reminders page where you can type in a list of things to do and check a box once the task is completed. A swipe in the other direction brings you to a list of people from your contacts list that you recently got in touch with via phone, email or text. There is also the Hyperlapse app
, which helps you create smooth and stabilized time lapses from the videos you shot with your Android device.
In any case, we were curious if you have tried any of them, and which ones. Take your pick in the poll below, and tell us if you liked them in the comments section afterwards.