Microsoft beta testing its Arrow Launcher for Android; download the APK now

Microsoft beta testing its Arrow Launcher for Android; download the APK now
Today, Microsoft has announced that it is beta testing its new Arrow Launcher for Android. The launcher 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. The apps displayed on the dock are determined by the user, and normally might include those used very often.

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. It also provides you with a list of frequently used contacts, as well. 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.

Join the beta group by submitting a request to the Arrow Launcher Beta community on Google+ (click on the sourcelink), or you can download the APK. Remember that this is not yet a finished product. If you go the latter route, also remember to enable the unknown sources settings on your Android phone. The APK can be found here.

source: ArrowLauncherBeta (Google+), AndroidAuthority



1. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

Just release Windows 10 ROM for many Android phones like they did to Mi4.

9. Plutonium239

Posts: 1215; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Windows Phone should work on any device with snapdragon socs(theoretically speaking). There are required sensors for Windows Phone and Windows 10 and not every phone out there may have them.

10. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Why can't Microsoft put their app on the play store, even if its a beta. Instead you have to sideload and potentially can compromise your Android device. No thanks Microsoft. Just put it on the play store if you have nothing to hide.

14. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

someone missed the word, beta testing. This is not uncommon for devs to do sideloading of deta testing apps. I mean unless you are willing to admit that thousands upon thousands of apps in the store are beta apps.

2. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Meh just stick to windows

3. yonith

Posts: 228; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

This seems like a waste of R&D to me.

4. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

No coding challenge is a waste only so many people can work on one thing. Code no matter where it is from gives the people even more ability later on.

17. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Yeah, they'll need the experience for when WP crashes and they need a fall back. Blackberry figured out a fall back, so did Samsung with Tizen.

20. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

indeed, I mean they already have 300 of said patents for those types of phones to even work, wouldn't be hard to simply hit a button and go.

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

How is it? Looks pretty average to me I would be more interest if it had something special or different e.g. W10 styled with Live Tile widgets, like WLauncher

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Agree very similar to Google Now Launcher. And Google Now is pretty close to Samsung Magazine UI. Just that Samsung Magazine UI is power by Flip-board. I prefer Google Now for now as its has better integrated with Google voice assistant that i use often.

13. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

Live tile need to be coded by developers, its like asking thousands of developers to redevelop their apps for microsoft launcher which is impossible

18. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Nope, all devs would need to do is add a Live Tile widget for their app Also MS could release their own widgets, and then release source code for their Live Tile widgets, which would make it easy for other devs

19. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

7. DroidDaddyo

Posts: 35; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

This version of the beta doesn't even support widgets. They say on their feedback site that widget support will be included in a future beta release. I'm uninstalling and waiting, but I'll keep an open mind.

8. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

I'm waiting for them to come up with a text messaging app for Android. Something similar to the messaging app they are prepping up for Windows 10

15. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Skype...could be considered as a sms app

11. NateAdam8

Posts: 437; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Just hurry up with Windows 10 Mobile already.. Waiting to own one.

12. EbonyPericarp

Posts: 67; Member since: May 02, 2015

Just downloaded this for my Passport, of out macabre curiosity, but immediately deleted it again because it has spyware in it.

16. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Due to where you got it from!!!!!!

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