Microsoft Launcher adds tool to track your smartphone usage, Cortana integration and more

Microsoft Launcher adds tool to track your smartphone usage, Cortana integration and more
There are quite a few Android phone users who swear by the Microsoft Launcher. In fact, the app has been installed over 10 million times, and if you go to the Google Play Store to download it, you will be asked to beta test version 5.1. As noted in The Verge, if you decide to take Microsoft up on the offer, you'll notice that the Launcher now features a tool designed to monitor your smartphone usage.

Similar to the Digital Wellbeing app for Android users, this new feature will tell you how long you have used each app during the day. It will also let you know how many times you unlocked your phone during the day, measure your overall smartphone usage on a daily basis, and more. Version 5.1 of the Launcher also includes integration of two Microsoft utility apps, To-Do and Sticky Notes. This will allow you to keep track of projects and your notes all from the Launcher. With the update, users can activate Cortana from the Microsoft Launcher by saying "Hey Cortana."

You can wait for version 5.1 of the Microsoft Launcher to lose its beta status, or you can click on the link found in the first paragraph to check out all of the changes being made to the Microsoft Launcher. Either way, your phone must be running Android 4.2 or higher.

Version 5.1 of Microsoft Launcher, now in beta, allows users to track their smartphone usage

Version 5.1 of Microsoft Launcher, now in beta, allows users to track their smartphone usage

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5 Comments

1. Tech-shake

Posts: 202; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

Slowly but surely Microsoft is building the perfect android launcher for when the time comes and they release their surface phone.

2. P20prouser

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 10, 2018

Im using it but it occasionally lag when scrolling fr9m home screen to timeline and news panel

3. Nionx

Posts: 163; Member since: Oct 30, 2017

I use it as the launcher on my V20. Love it. Tried it on my Note 8 but it didnt adjusts properly to the dimensions of the display. A shame, I really ike the launcher.

4. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

I also used it on Note 8 and 9 an i never noticed what youre claiming.

5. Sparkxster

Posts: 1107; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Microsoft launcher is great just needs a swipeable dock like action &Nova have.

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