Published On: Mon, Aug 24th, 2015

Microsoft Launches First Public Beta Of Cortana For Android

Cortana-image-3-576x1024After a private beta and a few leaks, Microsoft now launched a initial open beta of a Siri- and Google Now-like Cortana personal partner for Android.

Microsoft describes a Cortana app as a “companion to your Windows 10 PC” that extends a service’s functionality opposite any device we lift (which, of course, practically acknowledges that you’re really doubtful to lift a Windows Phone).

Overall, Cortana on Android isn’t all that opposite from a PC version. You can set reminders, hunt a web, lane flights and do a common voice-powered searches Cortana has prolonged been means to hoop on other platforms.

Because Cortana doesn’t have full entrance to your Android phone, though, we won’t be means to usually contend “Hey Cortana” (Microsoft’s chronicle of “OK Google”) to start a app for a time being. You also won’t be means to open apps from Cortana or toggle settings. All of these facilities are now usually accessible on Windows 10 PCs.

Cortana-food-image-576x1024To get started, we still have to pointer adult for a open beta, though Microsoft now creates use of Google’s much-improved beta sign-up routine for Android apps. Instead of carrying to join a Google Group or Google+ village to participate, we now usually have to click a singular symbol and you’re in.

The app is now usually accessible in a U.S., though Microsoft says it skeleton to hurl it out to other markets later. It looks like a stream chronicle is also usually concordant with Android phones (Google Play won’t let us implement it on the Nexus 7 and 9 tablets, for example).

As Microsoft reiterated today, it’s also operative on an iOS chronicle of Cortana, though it’s misleading when this chronicle will launch.

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