Microsoft wants you to install its Launcher on the Samsung Galaxy S9

Since we last took a look at the smartphones that Microsoft was selling in the US, the company has added two new Android handsets to its online store. We’re talking about the recently unveiled Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, which can be pre-ordered unlocked from Microsoft for $719.99 and $839.99, respectively (these prices are similar to those asked by Samsung itself). 

Just like Samsung, Microsoft says it can ship the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ by March 16, and it offers up to $350 in credit if you trade in an old smartphone. Unlike Samsung, Microsoft is recommending Galaxy S9 and S9+ buyers to install its own Launcher on the handsets. Of course, we’re not really surprised by this, as Microsoft has also been recommending its launcher for the older Android phones that it’s selling, including Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8, and Galaxy S8+.

Previously known as Arrow Launcher, Microsoft Launcher - seen on the right - works on most phones running Android 4 or newer, regardless of manufacturer, and is one of the highest-rated third-party launchers available on Google Play. The launcher is free and offers features like personalized designs, customizable feed and gestures, integration with other Microsoft software (including Cortana), and the ability to instantly communicate with Windows PCs (allowing you to work on multiple devices).

Depending on region and carrier, you’ll probably find some Microsoft apps pre-installed on the Galaxy S9 and S9+ anyway. However, Microsoft Launcher is not pre-installed, so, if you want to give it a try, you can get it from Google Play via the second source link below.

Related phones

Galaxy S9
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(31h talk time)
Galaxy S9+
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(35h talk time)



1. Boast_Rider

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

Samsung should actually ditch their terribly optimized launcher(how can they make even powerful phones like S9 drop frames in a damn launcher) and actually start using this or Nova launcher. The arrow launcher was excellent.

2. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 730; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

The Samsung Experience does just fine on my Note 8, but to each, his or her own I guess.

4. Acdc1a

Posts: 475; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

The stock Android experience would do wonders for Samsung phones. I'm convinced that people who prefer it simply haven't used phones without it.

6. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 730; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

I have. Pass.

5. Boast_Rider

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

The Samsung experience is fine, but their launcher has always been laggy for me. The stock as well as the third-party apps run pretty smooth and it just feels jarring when the swipe to bixby animation goes at a different speed than the rest of the launcher. It's poor design, and should not be on a phone like those.

10. turboC6

Posts: 89; Member since: Feb 19, 2018

MS is Satan. After suffering through every HTC windows device, this article title is a PATHETIC JOKE.

3. talon95

Posts: 1000; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

That'll be a cold day in hell.

7. fyah_king unregistered

I love this launcher. I have it on all of my

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31322; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The beauty of android...freedom to do those things.

9. Sparkxster

Posts: 1240; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

I agree. It's what makes android appealing.

14. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

I agree too - I mean who doesn't love the bloat ware that come bundled with nearly every Android phone and the freedom to be unable to install some of it is nothing short of amazing! Gotta love Android!

11. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Just wondreing what the relation between Samsung and Microsoft ? I think this the main reason why google hate Samsung, but google can’t ditch Samsung cause Samsung Galaxy and note line the best selling android devices.

13. duckofdeath unregistered

It's part of the deal for the Linux IP Microsoft owns. Without it I think Microsoft charges 10-15 bucks per device for the parts Linus "stole". Samsung is the biggest contributor to Android development, if Google hates that they hate Android. Then again, Google is turning into a rather morally corrupt company, so why wouldn't they hate Android? :)

12. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

very good need to need to sY anything else!

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