Microsoft Edge for Android works wonders for Windows 10 users

For a few months now you’ve been able to download the Edge browser from the Google Play Store. We tested it out to see how it works.

The browser is one of the most important apps on a smartphone because it provides you access to the Internet. Microsoft developed its browser Edge for Windows 10 and has now presented a version for Android, which became available in some countries as a beta test last fall and was then released in the US as a download in November 2017.

In terms of features, the Edge browser for Android has everything you would expect. One of the best features is the option to synchronize bookmarks and other browser data with a Microsoft account. Bookmarks and tabs are then made available on your notebook or PC in the Edge browser as well as on your smartphone. You can simply push a tab from your smartphone to your PC, or the other way around. This means that users who also use Edge on Windows 10 are more likely to take a closer look at the Edge browser on Android.

Apart from that, Edge also offers standard features. There is a light/dark switch for the user interface. The search engine is set to Bing by default, but it can be switched. There is a do-not-track mode and an incognito mode, which here is called an InPrivate Tab. So it has everything you need.

androidpit microsoft edge android This is the typical home screen of the new Microsoft Edge for Android. / © AndroidPIT

On the technical side, Microsoft relies on the Blink HTML engine and not the newly developed Edge Engine, which its desktop counterpart uses. Furthermore, Microsoft does not use the WebView implementation of the Android system, but instead its own version of the Chrome Engine Blink. Microsoft justifies this decision by stating the WebView option has technical limitations. The Chrome Engine does make sense because most mobile websites should work well with the Chrome engine and there should therefore be no problems with compatibility.

microsoft edge app Microsoft Edge: All the important browser features are there. / © Screenshots: AndroidPIT

With the Edge browser it is also possible to place a website on the start screen or home screen. This makes your own apps superfluous for many websites. Oh and by the way, the websites will then appear in the multi-tasking menu of Android as a separate entry, just like they would as an app. External links are also opened in the Edge browser.

Overall, Edge was stable in our test and didn’t crash. The browser is also convenient to use. The only thing missing is a feature that would really make the difference, since most of the functions are also available in other browsers. After all, anyone who enthusiastically uses Edge on Windows 10 can now add a mobile remote station to their browser. That’s something, isn’t it?

Have you tried the Edge browser yet? How has your experience been with it?

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Microsoft Launcher Review: an Apple by any other name?

Microsoft’s Arrow launcher has a small but dedicated fan community. Now Microsoft has significantly reworked the Android interface and re-positioned it as the “Microsoft Launcher”, and here’s our review.

Opinion by Steffen Herget

Unfortunately, battery power from morning to night still isn’t the norm for heavy users

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The Microsoft Launcher was quick to download and install, and Android requests the necessary permissions both at launch and when selecting certain functions. The launcher’s surface seems modern and non-intrusive. App folders are displayed as squares and you can view up to four of the included icons at a glance without opening the folder. Android’s notifications remain untouched by the Microsoft Launcher. Briefly swiping your finger from top to bottom opens a system-wide content search like on the iPhone or current Huawei smartphones.

The feed is strangely familiar.

Two of the launcher’s most essential functions are the feed to the left of the homescreen and the quick menu that can be pulled from the bottom. The feed, which is nearly identical and located in the same place as iOS, displays numerous information, news, frequently used apps, and similar things in a bundle, and users themselves can determine what content is displayed.

Just as on the iPhone, the quick menu is pulled up from below. It contains a second row with five freely arrangeable app shortcuts, five important system settings, and a slider for controlling screen brightness. Unfortunately, the swipe-up feature only works on the homescreen, not across the entire system like with Apple.

Microsoft Launcher Test 1 The feed and the quick menu are well-designed. / © AndroidPIT

Here’s a nifty little feature: if desired, you can furnish the Microsoft Launcher with sleek background pictures from Bing. Tapping on the wallpaper icon on the homescreen loads a new one whenever you’re tired of seeing the current background. Now for the less rosy part: Bing is, of course, the default search engine in the Microsoft Launcher and its search bar, which is the reason it may quickly disappear from many homescreens.

Many options, fluid performance

The Microsoft Launcher can be configured in a myriad of ways and adjusted to your own preferences. There are options for the notification and menu bar, the notification dots, default applications and much more.

Microsoft Launcher Test 2 The Microsoft Launcher has extensive configuration options. / © AndroidPIT

Performance is quite good on the Asus ZenFone 4, the only hitch is that sometimes when you return to the homescreen from an app, it takes a moment until the symbols show up again. Otherwise, the launcher runs smoothly on the Asus smartphone, even without activating high-performance mode.

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Amusingly, Microsoft makes the Android smartphone look more like Apple.

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It’s a bit strange how Microsoft is blatantly conjuring up some of that Apple feel on Android smartphones. But the appearance—even though it’s a matter of taste—is pleasant, the performance is good and there are assorted options, so there’s nothing wrong with trying the Microsoft Launcher once to see if it matches your sensibilities.

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What is your favorite launcher for Android? Or do you prefer it pure and unadulterated?

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Windows Mixed Reality: Microsoft breathes new life into VR

Though the VR hype has subsided a bit, Microsoft is striving to breathe new life into the technology with mixed reality. We took a closer look at the system and the five headsets at IFA, although they are actually virtual reality headsets. This is the first of a two-part article series starting with an introduction to the platform.

What exactly is Mixed Reality?

Most people are probably familiar with virtual and augmented reality – if that’s not the case for you, we have listed the basic differences in a separate article.

So what exactly is mixed reality (MR)? According to Microsoft, it is essentially a mix of both. To some extent, mixed reality is more powerful than augmented reality, because the mix of both worlds provides greater application scenarios. The HoloLens is a perfect example.

AndroidPIT Microsoft Hololens 0482 HoloLens is paving the way for Mixed Reality. / © AndroidPIT

Five manufacturers are now rolling out mixed reality headsets with the Microsoft technology. But: They are in fact virtual reality headsets. Its foundation lies in the name of the Windows Mixed Reality content platform and its technology. At the IFA keynote, Microsoft spoke very candidly about having developed VR headsets with its partners. Mixed reality is actually not possible with these mixed reality headsets, although the tracking technology is derived from HoloLens.

In any case, Microsoft’s VR platform is based on the previous work that we are already familiar with from HoloLens. To summarize: HoloLens and the new VR headsets are two manifestations of a platform that Microsoft calls mixed reality. From here on, we will also call the headsets mixed reality headsets because they were developed for this platform.

AndroidPIT ASUS Windows Mixed Reality Headset 8061 Luis tries out Asus’s mixed reality headset. / © AndroidPIT

Mixed Reality: How the system is designed

Microsoft designed the mixed reality platform to work even with low system requirements – the integrated graphics cards of some processors should be enough. As some manufacturers have confirmed to us at IFA, performance is also based on the purpose of the content. SteamVR games should also work as of the beginning of mid-October – you’ll need to meet the normal system requirements for PC-based VR to do so though.

mixed reality inside 1 Look inside a real model of Microsoft’s mixed reality home. / © AndroidPIT

The mixed reality platform is mainly intended for educational, entertainment and productivity applications, which in turn are not so hardware-intensive as VR games. In many respects, Vive and Oculus do not have new competition, and they mainly remain unbeaten in tracking.

Microsoft’s mixed reality: First moments

When you step into mixed reality, you will first find yourself inside a house that you can roam through. Each room represents different activities – you can play videos in the living room, and play vacation films on the terrace (with a view of the ocean). An internet browser is hanging on the wall in the home office, and there are also games.

mixed reality inside 3 A similar view inside Microsoft’s mixed reality. / © AndroidPIT

Browsing the web in VR? Yes, you can. And after trying it out, its navigation makes it easy do so. Of course, the font display is not as clear as on a classic desktop browser, but the sheer size of the window is definitely a boon for image and video-heavy websites. Accurately clicking on links worked using the motion controllers, and we used Microsoft’s Edge browser, whose VR counterpart shares settings like bookmarks with the desktop version.

mixed reality inside 2 Windows mixed reality: A VR platform with a bright future. / © AndroidPIT

Moving through the virtual house is done in two ways: One way is via teleport. This movement is probably the most pleasant and mainly suited for VR beginners: If you press the analog stick on one controller, an arrow appears that can be positioned in the VR world by looking and using the small stick. When you release the stick, you teleport to the desired area – you only need to do it twice to master it. Alternatively, there is also the option of triggering direct movement steps with the stick. It is significantly more taxing and can induce some nausea.

All in all, the mixed reality platform’s house metaphor looks very intuitive. It remains to be seen whether users will find such a polished environment useful and it’s unclear how flexibly the system is designed. It would be great if users could adapt the house to their own needs.

Do you think there is anything exciting in mixed reality technology as opposed to full VR? Can you think of any applications for this technology in your everyday life? 

In part two of this story, you’ll read our impressions of several headsets. These articles are a collaboration between Luis, Benoit and Hans-Georg.

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