Microsoft adds location tracking feature to its Android Launcher

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Microsoft Launcher is not doing too badly on the Play Store—as a matter of fact, the launcher is one of the most downloaded in its category. For curiosity sake, I recently installed the launcher on my Android phone, and I am impressed with what I have seen so far. It is pretty cool and allows me to do a lot of things, including getting useful helping hand with Cortana every time I need an extra push. To add to what is already available, Microsoft is adding a new location-tracking feature.

At home and on the go, you can use Microsoft Launcher to get an update on your kids’ location and rest easier knowing they are safely where they should be. You can see your child’s (or children’s) last known location and time, Shilpa Ranganathan General Manager, Microsoft Mobile Experiences wrote in a blog post.

The new location-tracking feature is still available in preview, but when fully available, will allow you to track the last known location of your family. Also included is an activity report of what apps are currently being used on your device and for how long, The Verge reports.

The location-tracking feature is coming as part of a wider set of family-related improvements on both Android and the web. Prior to this update, users could only block offensive websites on desktop, but that has now changed as users can now do the same thing on Android. What that means is that any website blocked on Windows machines will be extended to the Edge browser for Android as well.


Previously known and called the Arrow Launcher, Microsoft Launcher offers a wide range of beautiful features and themes to change the look and feel of your Android phone. You can access your calendar, documents, and recent activities in your personalized feed; but not without a Microsoft account or work/school account.

Some cool features of Microsoft Launcher include the following:

  • Personalize the look and feel of your device by customizing your wallpaper, theme and accent colors, icon packs, gestures and more.
  • Snap a pic on your phone and see it instantly on your Windows PC* or continue editing an Office 365 document on your PC by linking your phone with your Windows PC.
  • Pin contacts to your Home screen and place them anywhere on the Home screen, dock or in folders.
  • Search the web or your files, apps, docs, messages and web results using Microsoft Launcher’s universal search bar.
  • Double tap to lock your phone, swipe up for app drawer and more.

In other Microsoft news, the company recently killed off the riffle emoji—replacing it the water pistol. The company claimed its decision was based on feedback it got from people. In a tweet, Microsoft said: “We are in the process of evolving our emojis to reflect our values and the feedback we’ve received.” The company went ahead to show a preview of what to expect when the replacement is finally available.

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