Voice assistants are becoming increasingly popular among users and Microsoft gains some momentum by releasing a private beta version of its Cortana digital assistant for Android. The release was announced last month and it includes similar features to the Windows 10 and Windows Phone versions. Microsoft is currently taking its support of Android a bit further with the updated app. Google Now can be replaced by the simple press of a button, which activates Microsoft Cortana instead.
This is a challenge for Google, as Microsoft wins some important piece of territory by adding some features there, making it easier for users to use Cortana there, and becoming more acknowledged everywhere.
The virtual assistant which works perfectly for Android has a similar set of features to its Windows Phone counterpart and it can be set as the default personal assistant on all Android devices.
Google now can still be accessed through other methods in the OS, but offering users the chance to replace Google Now is a big step in Microsoft’s endeavor to gain a bit more popularity among potential aficionados and expand its services for a wider pool of subscribers. The update fails to bring the “Hey, Cortana” feature for the time being but Microsoft has already stated that this is basically due to hardware limitations.
Through the new update, Microsoft can take over a common way of launching Google Now on Android handsets. Of course the app can be accessed through other features, but Microsoft aims at users experimenting with Cortana or even better, setting it as the default home button set-up.
Google Now can be replaced by Microsoft Cortana on Android but Cortana will not be able to access third party apps on Android phones. The friendly voice will be a pretty much handy assistant with features and functions ranging from flight tracking, traffic monitoring and time calculation in case of travel between destinations. Cortana will also provide daily reminders and will basically be the best friend in need, successfully replacing Google Now.
The Microsoft Cortana App can be downloaded from the beta program on the Play Store and it has also been uploaded to the APKMirror.
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