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Microsoft upgrades its Android Launcher with dark mode, custom icons and daily wallpapers

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Microsoft has now upgraded its Launcher app for Android to its version 6, thereby boosting the software with a great visual overhaul as well as an upgraded performance even with its recent functionalities.

The Android version 6 of its Launcher app possesses an improved dark mode, app icon, as well as a daily wallpaper feature made by Bing. Version 6 of the Launcher app also has some customized icons and it can also function so well in landscape orientation.

It also includes general performance improvements, as well as a personalized news feed which updates for the whole day. Thanks to a modernized codebase that allows for a little battery drain and a very fast loading.

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The Microsoft Launcher app has always remained an amazing experiment for Microsoft, thereby giving the company space on the world’s largest mobile platform. As well as a place to explore how Windows combines or join with Android. However, with its newest updates, it seems like it is providing a space for the yet to be launched Microsoft’s most ambitious Android. That is the “Dual-screen Surface Duo”.

Although, Microsoft revealed the Surface Duo last year. It says it will be releasing the device which runs on the Android ending of this year (2020). The latest Microsoft Launcher app seems like a test runs for some of the device’s attractiveness.

Also, the addition of a landscape mode is a very great option for the dual-screen Surface Duo. Trust me! the updated Microsoft Launcher app is really a wise start if truly you want a clue of what Microsoft will make with its first Android device.

If you want to download the app, you can go to Google Play Store on your Android phone to download and install the app.

Microsoft Launcher New features

The Microsoft Launcher new features include:

Personalized news: Personalized news keeps you in touch and updated. It also releases new updates to you with top trending stories for the whole day. Which makes it very easy to be at the top of what is very important to you.

Landscape mode: It enables both horizontal and vertical orientations to increase your viewing preference.

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Amazing Wallpapers: The Microsoft Launcher provides you with brand new wallpapers every day from Bing. You can as well choose to select your own photos.

Customizable icons: It gives your mobile device that great look and feel with its adaptive icons as well as its custom icon packs.

New improved performance: The new improved performance of the Microsoft Launcher now allows for faster loading, less battery drainage, a lesser memory use, and in addition, it provides you with fluent animations.

Dark theme: The dark theme included in the Microsoft Launcher relieves you from the pain of having to stress or strain your eyes always when operating your phone in environments with low lights or during the night. This feature works well and it is adaptable with Android’s default dark mode settings.

Microsoft: Microsoft Launcher Requirements

  • You must download the app from the Google Play Store.
    Note that: While downloading the Microsoft Launcher from Google Play Store, it will replace the default launcher. The app does not copy or duplicate the PC home screen of the user on the Android device. However, users must buy and/or download any latest apps from the Google Play Store.
  • The app requires that your Android phone must be version 7.0 or higher than Android version 7.0.

Bugs:

  • The dark theme of the system is only applicable to devices with Android version 8.0 and higher.
  • Native Android 10 navigation gestures may not function so well or operate for every manufacturer of phones and models.
  • You may still have to enable the notification badges after upgrading to version 6.
  • You can only set 3rd party launchers as Default on select OEM devices.
  • The sticky notes sync issues may fall out after your upgrade to Android version 6.

Finally, if you have issues while operating the app and you want to report them. Kindly file those bugs under Settings > Help and Feedback > Report a bug via Feedback shortcut on your home screen.

Microsoft: Microsoft Launcher Availability

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This is a progressive rollout to the public. That is, the rollout is still gradually launching and not everyone can download it at the moment. So if you find it hard downloading the app, you will have to wait till the feature rolls out finally.