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This is Microsoft’s Arrow Launcher for Android (download APK)

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Microsoft is currently working on a new Android app, and it’s an Android launcher. The company’s latest app is Arrow Launcher and it is currently in private beta – meaning that you can’t download it without an invite just yet.

So how’s the launcher?

It’s quite good, actually. Arrow Launcher includes three pages – and you can’t add or remove those pages. The first page is the People page where you will see your contacts (phone, as well as email accounts) – and that’s pretty much all the things on the People page. The home page of the launcher is the Apps page where there is the Recent section and the Frequent section – the recent section shows the recently installed apps while the Frequent section displays the apps that you use the most. The apps page is followed by the Notes & Reminders page which basically allows you to add reminders and it’s also a very nice feature which most custom Android Launchers don’t include.

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Just like most of the other Android launchers, the Arrow Launcher also includes a dock where you can easily access your most used apps. The dock in Arrow Launcher includes an arrow and swiping up reveals another set of quickly accessible apps and links to access the launcher’s Settings, Feedback and Wallpaper pages. The dock also reveals the contacts you recently contacted, which is pretty handy as well.

When it comes to customization, the Arrow Launcher lacks some features. For example, you can’t choose a custom icon pack or change the icon size for the apps. You can’t also add apps to the Frequently used apps section on the homepage. However, one nice thing about the launcher is that you can choose to have the daily Bing wallpaper as the default wallpaper which is pretty nice.

Overall, Arrow Launcher seems pretty good, however, as usual, there is room for improvements. As we stated earlier, the app is currently in private beta but you can ask for invitation by joining this Google+ community. And if you are not interested in joining the beta program, you can download the APK file for the app here.
 
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