You can now download the Microsoft Arrow Launcher for Android from Google Play

You can now download the Microsoft Arrow Launcher for Android from Google Play
If Nokia has an Android launcher, why shouldn't Microsoft have one, too? Meet Arrow Launcher, the latest Microsoft product that's been specifically developed for Android. Initially available as a closed beta, Arrow Launcher can now be downloaded by everyone via Google Play (and, of course, it's completely free).

Presented as a "simple, personal launcher", Microsoft Arrow aims to simplify the Android experience by learning users' habits. The launcher arranges your apps based on how often they're used, and lets you quickly find "the people who matter the most to you." It also comes with integrated reminders, a Recent tab (containing recent apps, photos, downloads, and even dropped calls), a People Management feature, widget and third party icon pack support, a customizable dock, and custom wallpapers. While it's available to users all around the world, at the moment Arrow supports just two languages: English and Chinese (Traditional and Simplified).

We didn't get the chance to actually test Microsoft's Arrow Launcher on any of our Android devices, but perhaps we'll do it soon. Until then, let us know if you're willing to try it, okay?


source: Google Play

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11 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Seems decent.

5. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yeah, looks nice but should not be similar to Nokia Z Launcher.

11. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

u r using iphone......

2. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

DAT control centre tho. I'm definitely feeling this!

3. thowersome

Posts: 34; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Doesn't Android already have a control center though?

4. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Just installed...good and smooth enough. Liking it.

6. DeDex

Posts: 116; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

I gave it a try a few weeks ago as my default launcher since Google decided to bring UI regressions to the Google Now Launcher. And I do not see myself ditching it anytime soon. It runs smoothly, and their approach is sensible in my opinion. Most of the time, you use the same apps over and over again, so having the launcher show the ones you use the most on the main screen makes complete sense. I'm not used to their control centre (the Android one does a perfectly fine job), but the "extended" dock at the bottom is a good idea. I just wish the launcher had a few more customization options (like disabling the home screens' wrap-around), but overall, it works really well and I like it. Also, you can have all your widgets on a single homescreen that you can scroll vertically. Which is a bit WP-like, but not unpleasant. Overall, it's an interesting alternative.

7. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

I had nova prime, now I'm on this. Very nice launcher, needs some improvements and additions though. Feedback center is really good too.

8. Arthurhkt

Posts: 713; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I kinda wonder, with all these apps, Microsoft are close to built a decent Android phone, I believe that an Microsoft Android phone with Microsoft apps and Google service is kinda good combination for people who rely on Microsoft service more than the Google service.

9. lallolu

Posts: 728; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

I tried adding widgets but could not. Nice launcher though.

10. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

Ok, MSFT... Now make Skype text messaging app and then integrate the launcher with Next locker, Outlook, Cortana.. And there yo have - a whole MSFT experience on Android.

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