It is something like Siri digital assistant which Apple introduced for iOS, it started a new trend that was previously shared by individual apps, but nothing system-wide. Although Google answered soon with Google Now, but it didn’t get Siri’s finesse, nevertheless still did the job. Microsoft, then entered the foray with Cortana – a virtual assistant that in minimal ways was arguably better than both Siri and Google Now. First of all launching n Windows Phone and then later on Windows 10, Microsoft commited to bring Cortana for iOS and Android, and in July 2015, a leaked APK became available that gave users tend. Today, it has released as an official beta version of Cortana for Android, Microsoft made it available for you to download and test away right now.
Microsoft has finally revealed that the beta is now open to the public, free to download on Google Play. Cortana for Android new beta app is the extension of the same test program that Microsoft has launched last month for a set number of users, with the prime difference being is the public beta status now. The leaked version got out last month brings with it one major improvement, with Android users will greately appreciate, has been the ability for Cortana to replace Google Now using the Android home button long-press shortcut. That makes Cortana a true rival with useful experience for Android phones in our opinion.
With the Android app, you can manage your hectic lifestyle by setting and getting reminders, searching the web on-the-go, tracking important information such as flight details as well as starting and completing tasks across all of your devices. On Android, Cortana app can do most of the things it does on your Windows PC or on Windows Phone. Other notable features of Cortana beta on Android include the all-too-familiar notebook that allows the software to learn better about you and evolve. It can keep tabs of your events, give suggesstions for nearby places of interest, track of your sports and events, provide weather updates and inclement weather alerts, and all the usual shebang.
What you public will note is that Android version of Cortana is far away identical to the one on Windows devices. For instance, the “Hey Cortana” functionality, which will allow users to initiate interaction with Cortana without touching the display, is only available on Windows Phone handsets for now, which is like an always-on listening mode for the virtual assistant to jump into action. We hope that as the app matures, Microsoft will be able to port this highly-coveted feature to Android as well.
Only U.S. users can download Cortana public beta for Android now, and can be downloaded from Google Play Store from here if you are in the region. Microsoft plans to open up the beta to other territories in the coming months. In India and other non-USA regions can sideload it, still a way to try Cortana on your device manually. You can grab the app from reliable third-party app store APKMirror.
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