Earlier this week I posted a review of the Nova Launcher for Android. In that review, I pointed out that if you are looking for a launcher that has a whole load of knobs to turn, it is the best option for you. But for those of you who aren’t interested in turning all the knobs or, more particularly, are deep in the Microsoft ecosystem, there is a solid option for you too. The Microsoft Arrow Launcher.
Arrow Launcher doesn’t have the configurability of Nova Launcher nor does it pretend to have them. Instead, Microsoft has taken this launcher and focused it on productivity. Contacts, apps and documents are easily accessible from the launcher, getting you editing that Word file quicker and with few taps than opening the app itself. But it also does all this with speed and battery friendliness that makes it a great option even for those who don’t necessarily use the Office apps.
I’ve been running Microsoft Arrow Launcher on my Nextbit Robin for the past few weeks and I have no problem giving it a thumbs up. It works great, has enough configurability for those want to tweak a little bit and gets you deep into the Office apps without having to fuss with it. Here’s my review and thoughts on Arrow Launcher.
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Over the course of the past few months, there have been two important changes on the Android launcher front. The first was the announcement of the Google Pixel and its still exclusive launcher back in October. Then came news last month that the Google Now Launcher is being removed from the Play Store this month. This latter bit of news has caused a lot of questions in the Android community with users looking for alternative launchers. That’s were Nova Launcher comes into the picture.
While there are literally dozens of launchers in the Play Store, Nova Launcher remains one of the most loved and used. But is it the best? That’s going to depend on what you want and expect out of a launcher. If you like seemingly endless configuration and customization, you would be hard pressed to find anything better than Nova. There are a huge number of configuration changes you can make in the launcher, from how your App Drawer is accessed, presented and even your icons for apps. It is truly impressive and even if you just want to run things “out of the box” with Nova, you likely won’t be disappointed.
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Microsoft has rolled out yet another new app for Android today that brings quick and easy copying of text from one app to another. Clip Layer allows you to copy a page or section of text from one app by pressing and holding the Home button on your phone, then opening another app and copying that text to that app. While Android natively has the ability to do this on most apps, Clip Layer makes it very easy with just simple taps to copy sections of text instead of having to tap-and-drag. Plus, the app has the ability to take that copied text and share it with others right from within the app.
The magic of how the app works is within the Assistant settings of Android. By allowing the app to become your Device Assistance app, that enabled the Home button to become the trigger for copying text.
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