Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Arrow Launcher: Microsoft's Android startup screen

While the Windows Phone with tiles and the typical Metro look should convince, the Redmonder-Softwareries tries with the Arrow-Launcher with the "competition product" of Google with a completely different design strategy.

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Anyone expecting to get a metro 2.0 with Microsoft's alternative home screen for Android devices could not be further from reality. Overall, the Arrow Launcher only reminds very rarely that the alternative Android-Homescreen is developed by the same company, which is also responsible for Windows.

Android Launcher

The Arrow Launcher is mainly based on structure and uses your habits for it. The start screen automatically puts the most important apps, contacts, and notes in the foreground, so you can quickly and easily keep an overview.

Other pages can also be customized and used for specific tasks. An also customizable, scrollable overview page summarizes all important information on so-called maps, which can display the following elements:

  • Last used
  • Frequent apps
  • people
  • memories
  • Documents

The individual "maps" or elements can also be used as own start screen page, so you can keep in mind especially important points without scrolling.

Microsoft Arrow Launcher Android features
In addition to the clear design, the Arrow-Launcher also offers other intelligent features. This allows you to perform various actions with wiping and typing gestures. The search is started by wiping down. If you wake up the app dock, you will discover a quick menu for settings such as airplane mode, WLAN, Bluetooth and flashlight. A double tap on the screen turns it off.
Arrow Launcher: Microsoft's Android startup screen

The Arrow Launcher features a dedicated backup function, icons and icons, and an integrated performance booster to conserve memory, improve performance, and optimize battery life. The one with the Arrow Launcher a Microsoft start screen on his Android device loaded, one notices only in few cases.

So notes are typed with the typical Microsoft blue and the settings menu reminds you of a mixture of the new Windows 10 system control and the traditional Android settings. If you want, you can also use Bing to automatically have a new wallpaper on your home screen every day. And, of course, the launchers' integrated search starts a Bing and not a Google search.
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