Microsoft’s garage keeps cranking out those Android apps. The latest is a custom launcher that repaints your home screen design and replaces the wallpaper with a serene background.
Arrow also auto-suggests your most frequently-used apps and repurposes the home screens to different uses, like reminders and contacts.
Surprisingly it doesn’t have a Bing button prominently on the homepage, unlike some of Microsoft’s other efforts to get its search engine more prominent play on Android. The interface reminds me of Yahoo’s Aviate with the use of translucence and redesigned icons.
Strangely, I found the wallpaper stuck around even when I switched away from the Arrow luancher.
The story behind the story: In many ways Microsoft is back to the company’s roots as a software maker. Microsoft has a wide range of apps for Android, such as Office for phones and tablets. Other projects include Torque, which powers your voice searches on Android Wear with Bing (if that’s something you really want), and the Next lock screen.