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Microsoft's new Arrow Launcher knows you better than you know yourself

Microsoft has finally taken its intuitive Arrow Launcher out of beta and released it publicly in the Play Store. Arrow launcher is a different kind of Android launcher, primarily because it only dedicates one screen to app icons. The other home screens are specifically task-oriented. It's an interesting concept and we were keen to try it out.

Like other adaptive launchers, Arrow learns from the way you use it. It prioritizes your apps based on how you use them, arranges your contacts and helps manage the million tasks you have to deal with every day.

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Arrow Launcher has an iOS-style command center. / © ANDROIDPIT

Arrow Launcher takes some getting used to, as any change in launcher does, but one you learn its ways and it learns yours, you're in for a treat. From your recent actions to note-taking, Arrow has a lot going for it. If you're in the market for a new way of doing things, give Arrow a look, it just might hit the target.

Arrow Launcher Install on Google Play

What launcher do you use? What features do you look for in a launcher? Let us know in the comments.


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  • I've been using Holo Launcher since 5 years.

  • I used the beta launcher and it was great in terms of ease to use and accessibility. i would like to see more feature and control like apex/nova provides.

  • GrossDad 11 months ago Link to comment

    I've used Smart Launcher for the past two years, now. It has the best auto-categorizing app drawer, bar none, and is easily customizable. And it leaves your apps where you place them. My app use is not that location-sensitive. I've tried most-recently used apps before, and haven't found them useful.

    I downloaded the Arrow beta a while back, and didn't like it at all.

  • omar 11 months ago Link to comment

    I like it, already testing the new piece of software and so far so good, already find a small bug/lag. but nothing that takes away the user experience.

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  • Nova launcher as a way of customising my Nexus 6 (or any phone with a screen larger than 5") so at least sometimes i can use it one handed .....

  • I alternate between Atom Launcher and APUS, both are my favourites.

  • I use the Google now launcher but may get switch to the arrow one

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