Microsoft Launcher for Android gets UI and battery life improvements

Microsoft Launcher update

Unlike a standard Android launcher, Microsoft Launcher does
look and feel quite different from standard Android. It comes
with dark mode, organized apps menu, and a home screen to keep
you up to date with services like Microsoft To Do, Outlook,
Calendar and wallpapers from Bing.

Microsoft Launcher for Android smartphones just got even better
with a new update rolling out to everyone. The update was
previously available for beta users and it has features such as
screen time support on Surface Duo and fixes to the feed page
in landscape mode.

According to the changelog, Microsoft Launcher version
6.2.201202.9334 also includes work profile setup optimization.
The tech giant noted that the update comes with “battery usage
and performance improvements”.

Microsoft Launcher January 2021 update changelog

  • Performance and animation improvements.
  • Fixes issues with the built-in icon pack.
  • Fixes a bug that incorrectly launches shortcuts page when
    users swipe up on the screen.
  • UI improvements for the app paddings in a folder.
  • Adds support for an overview, screen time and app group
    creation flow via the context menu on Surface Duo.

Microsoft Launcher is not an Android take on Windows 10 for
phones. It doesn’t come with live tiles or a Start Menu, but
it’s currently one of the best-rated apps on the Google Play,
thanks to the features added by Microsoft in the last two

One of which is custom transparency ‘Fluent Design’ blur
effects, which looks great with both dark and light mode.

Your Phone app indicators

In addition to Microsoft Launcher, Microsoft recently updated
Your Phone app with support for indicators (status bar) for all
phones. As you can see in the above animation, this feature
basically allows Android users to view their cellular, Wi-Fi,
Bluetooth and music playback status directly from the desktop.

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