STRAIGHTAS ANAR­ROW

Mi­crosoft Launches Ar­row Launcher for An­droid

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Mi­crosoft has long kept to it­self and its Win­dows OS, im­ple­ment­ing the lat­ter into its own tablets and smart­phones over the last sev­eral years. How­ever, back in July this year, Mi­crosoft made an an­nounce­ment that it is plan­ning on cre­at­ing a launcher for the An­droid ecosys­tem. Last month, the Red­mond gi­ant of­fi­cially came through with its plan and re­leased the launcher for An­droid smart­phones.

It's called Ar­row, and the launcher was de­vel­oped as part of Mi­crosoft's ini­tia­tive to em­brace cross-plat­form de­vel­op­ment, which is sim­i­lar to the Of­fice 2016 ini­tia­tive that is also sup­ported across the Win­dows, An­droid and iOS ecosys­tem.

The new Ar­row launcher is de­signed to pro­vide An­droid users with an in­ter­face that fo­cuses on easy ac­cess to an in­di­vid­ual's fre­quently used apps and set­tings. Adding on to the func­tion is the abil­ity to eas­ily or­ga­nize the same apps based on the fre­quency that they are used.

One of the launcher's more unique func­tions is the abil­ity to swipe up

Mi­crosoft's Ar­row Launcher for An­droid is a med­ley of dif­fer­ent el­e­ments from to­day's mo­bile OSes.

from the bot­tom of the screen, much in the same way that iOS works. It even func­tions al­most the same way as well, giv­ing users ac­cess to a cus­tom-de­signed con­trol cen­ter.

The app is cur­rently avail­able on Google Play for free, so if you're look­ing for a fresh new look for your An­droid UI, give this a try.

DE­CEM­BER 2015

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