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Free app of the week: Arrow Launcher

A simplified launcher that focuses on your most-used apps

Arrow Launcher

Arrow Launcher

Microsoft Garage’s simplified Arrow Launcher automatically places your most used apps on the main apps homescreen. However, to start with it asks you to select at least nine favourite apps to put there. You can also pull up the bottom of the screen for extra apps and quick settings – rather superfluous since they’re still accessible from the top-right corner.

Instead of multiple homescreens to place apps and widgets how you like, there’s just the one for apps, with others for People (with calls, messages and emails) and Recent activities (plus five recently used apps along the top). Interestingly, there’s a wraparound feature so you can swipe endlessly through them, which works better than the usual end-to-end arrangement. By long pressing the background, you can also opt to hide screens and enable two others: Widgets (the only place you can put them) and a handy Notes & Reminders page.