Microsoft Cortana coming to Android

Have to admit it guys, we were a bit surprised when we heard the news ourselves. Microsoft has made some huge announcements regarding their upcoming (and supposedly quite revolutionary) Windows 10 OS for multiple devices. Part of that announcement included the launch of its renowned voice assistant service, Cortana for Android and iOS devices. Microsoft’s personal assistant is all set to make its debut on both platforms by the end of June.

For those of you who are not aware of the personal voice assistant (considered by some including myself as one of the best voice assistants when being compared to Siri, S voice or Google Search + Google Now), Cortana does a number of things besides just sending out reminders and setting up your daily alarm.

Microsoft Cortana for Android

The Cortana app can do most of the things it can do on your PC or on a Windows phone. You can have Cortana remind you to pick up milk the next time you’re at the grocery store, and then your phone will wake up and buzz with the reminder. You’ll be able to track a flight using Cortana on both your phone and your PC, and get the updates on the device that you’re on so you don’t miss anything.  Everything in Cortana’s Notebook will show up across all your devices and any changes you make on one device will be reflected when you use Cortana on any of your other devices. The Cortana companion app will help you complete tasks you begin on your PC wherever you are, on your phone.

Want to see more?  Watch the video below for a demo:

 

Although the functionality will be very helpful, because it’s “just an app” there will be certain things that Cortana does on Windows phones that won’t work on Android devices or iPhones.  Some features require access to the system that aren’t currently possible with iOS or Android, so things like toggling settings or opening apps won’t initially be available in the Cortana companions for those platforms.  Similarly, the ability to invoke Cortana hands-free by saying “Hey Cortana” requires special integration with the device’s microphone, so that feature will be limited to Windows Phones and PCs.

Key Features of Cortana:

  • You can have Cortana remind you to pick up milk the next time you’re at the grocery store, and then your phone will wake up and buzz with the reminder.
  • You’ll be able to ask about the weather.
  • Or sports scores.
  • Or anything else you would head to a search engine for.
  • You’ll be able to track a flight using Cortana on both your phone and your PC, and get the updates on the device that you’re on so you don’t miss anything.
  • Everything in Cortana’s Notebook will show up across all your devices and any changes you make on one device will be reflected when you use Cortana on any of your other devices.
  • The Cortana companion app will help you complete tasks you begin on your PC wherever you are, on your phone.

So what do you guys think of this? Does Cortan have what it takes to overtake Siri and Google Now and claim its position as one of the best voice assistants over all three platforms? Well it seems like we’ll have to wait till the end of June to find out.

 Source: Microsoft

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