Head to Head, Android’s Hola Launcher Vs Microsoft’s Arrow Launcher

There are tons of launchers available for Android Phones, and Microsoft’s increasing interest in the ecosystem, today I am going to compare between one of the most popular Launchers in Android vs Microsoft launcher.Arrow launcher from the Microsoft Corp. and the Hola Launcher by Holaverse.

Both Launchers being the award winners, (Arrow-The Winner of the 10 Best Android Launchers and Hola- Google play’s best of 2015 winner) this is going to be interesting comparison. Previously I had already written about the Arrow launcher and its features now let’s compare it with the other launchers that are out there in Google play store exclusively for Android smart phones.

Arrow launcher vs Hola launcher 

The UI experience.  

Both the launchers have simple UI which makes it easy to customize according to our interest. But in real comparison, I was very comfortable with the Arrow launcher from get go whereas the Hola launcher was really good, except that initial customization, and personalization takes time. 

The apps are automatically arranged according to your using habits in the Arrow launcher, but in Hola launcher you only get to see the app which you have chosen to appear on the main screen.

Hola Arrow home screen

The Decor

In Hola launcher you get a chance to see this amazing design which they call it Hola shine. When you swipe the main screen from bottom left or right two rotatable quarter disks will appear where it contains your frequent apps and recent apps. I guess both are same but you also get to see toolbox along with these two sections.

While  in Arrow launcher you do not get this fancy design but you get most of things including your recent photos and calls when you swipe left or right from your main screen. It offers you to experience the dock screen like iPhone, but with Hola launcher you can only stick to swiping your screen from upwards.

Both launchers give you great wallpapers which are updated regularly but I mostly like those wallpapers from Bing, I don’t know I just love them but I have noticed that in Hola launcher the wallpapers are only updated on Fridays!.

Both the launcher will give you freedom to place your widgets on one particular screen. I mostly added news flip boards on my widgets screen when I was using Arrow launcher but Hola launcher will surprise you with the Holazine which is personalized flip board for news.

Hola Arrow 1

Hola offers you different folders for your themes, Games, Social media, Lifestyle, Tools etc… with Hola you can customize your devise with 3D special effects which is quite fun. Arrow is simple in this matter.

Arrow supports third party icon pack but Hola have their own icon pack laying in the play store available for download. I absolutely love this feature where you can give replays and responses to your social media apps like Whatsapp, Facebook, and Instagram from you home screen without actually entering into the app so in this scenario Arrow launcher is good but in Hola launcher, only notification can be seen.

You can actually manually approve as to which apps to appear in Hola launcher so you can keep your desktop clean and clutter free also you can protect your privacy by swiping the apps upwards using two fingers which I couldn’t perform. Arrow launcher is little less efficient in this matter.

You can peep into weather forecast by swiping downwards from your home screen, which gives you the complete forecast for next 6 days which is quite cool from Hola launcher.

As I said earlier both launchers are simple to use and personalized but I have to say that Hola is bit faster compared to Arrow and Arrow is bit light compared to Hola.

Hola Arrow Settings

The Stumble.

Before winding up, I would like to share that when I was using Arrow launcher my phone got bit slow, and also there were some problems with the Music player, like the music wouldn’t pause even after removal of earphones from the jack, and after changing the track the two Music would overlap with each other. I am using Hola launcher from two days now and I haven’t found any such problems yet.


So to round off, Hola still has an edge over the Arrow launcher just because of the above mentioned reason. But on the contrary, both launchers are excellent and cool and nothing harm in choosing either of the two.

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