Microsoft Launches Official ‘Cortana’ App for iOS and Android Devices

9 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Microsoft launches Cortana for Android and iOS, but only in the U.S. and China.

The computing giant first revealed plans to introduce its Siri-like Windows digital assistant to other mobile platforms back in May — the Android public beta kicked off in August, followed by a limited beta rollout on iOS last month. The app is effectively a companion to Windows 10 machines, letting you start and finish tasks across devices, receive reminders, track key information (such as flights), get missed-call notifications, and more. After short period of public beta testing, Microsoft’s digital assistant is now rolling out not only to iOS and Android, but also Cyanogen OS devices. Though you don’t technically need a Windows 10 PC to take advantage of the Cortana app, Microsoft says its assistant apps work best when used with Cortana’s desktop counterpart.

Interestingly, it is also compatible with the OnePlus One Android phone which runs on Cyanogen OS — this is OnePlus’s first flagship phone, which was replaced by the OnePlus 2 earlier this year. When the two are used together, the idea is something like Apple’s Continuity features, which make it easy to switch between tasks on different iOS and OS X devices.

Cortana is more deeply integrated into the OS meaning that it is possible to voice activate the tool from any screen, and also toggle system settings. You can set a reminder on your PC to pick up a bottle of wine the next time you are near the grocery store and Cortana will remind you on your phone the next time you are at that location. Once the update, expected later this month, is live, OnePlus One users will be able to invoke the “Hey Cortana,” command and use the assistant to adjust system settings like changing network modes, activating quiet mode and turning off a device.

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