Microsoft’s Arrow launcher for Android updates with tablet support and more

Just two weeks ago, the Microsoft Garage team behind the Arrow launcher for Android pushed a beta update that added support for Android tablets. Today, that update is rolling out to everyone.

The Update

Today’s update bumps the version to v3.1. The rate at which these updates are coming out is fascinating, as the last major update – version 3.0 – came out only three weeks ago.

As mentioned, this update adds tablet support, but there’s more to it than that. For instance, the ‘all apps’ page now has a horizontal layout.

In addition to the new tablet mode, v3.1 also makes the backup & restore process more flexible. It’s possible to pick and choose exactly what you want to backup or restore.

Since this is Microsoft, v3.1 also adds the option to use Bing wallpapers. Those beautiful images just leave us speechless, most of the time.

The update also adds a new Carousel scrolling mode and more configuration options for the utility page.

Tablet Mode

The tablet is one of the most-requested features for Arrow launcher, but it still has its flaws.

As we mentioned when this update rolled out for beta users, it is quite basic. The tablet launcher is pretty much a blown-up version of the regular Arrow launcher on the phone. It doesn’t use the extra screen real estate granted by a tablet’s larger screen.

We had hoped that the Arrow launcher team would work on further improving it, but alas, that didn’t happen.

Still, for what it’s worth, it works well.


The Arrow launch is available via the Google Play Store. This time the update is rolling out to everyone, not just to those in the beta program.

If you have Arrow launcher already installed on your Android device, all you have to do is wait for the update to roll out.

If you wish to try out Arrow launcher on your Android phone – or tablet – all you must do is visit the Google Play Store and search for it. It’s free.

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