A beta version of Cortana, Microsoft’s voice-controlled personal digital assistant, is now available to Android phone users.
Already available on PCs and Windows Phone, Cortana is integrated within the new Windows 10 operating system. It learns more about the users over time, so that it can make personal suggestions and recommendations, send reminders about upcoming meetings and appointments, manage their daily schedule and much more.
“The Cortana app can do most of the things Cortana does on your PC or on a Windows phone,” said Susan Hendrich, Microsoft’s principal program manager lead, in a blog post. “With the 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.
There are also a few differences between what Cortana can do in the Windows environment and the Android app. For example, Android users are not yet able to toggle settings, open apps or invoke Cortana hands-free by saying ‘hey Cortana’.
Microsoft plans to roll out the Android app in other international markets later this year.
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