Microsoft brings its digital assistant app Cortana to Android end of this month. The first reviews and a leaked beta give a first look.
Microsoft continues to open up its apps to other platforms. Next up is the digital assistant app Cortana that has been so far only available on Windows Phone. Cortana will come to the Desktop with Windows 10.
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At the same time Cortana on Android will be released.
Microsoft has granted beta access to some reviewers like Ars Technica's Peter Bright. Cortana on Android brings the Windows Phone look to Android. While the functionality is as good as on Windows Phone, the problem is the missing deep integration into Android.
Bright says: "Assessing the value of Cortana on Android remains trickier. For someone using Android and the broader Google ecosystem, the built-in Google Now is better integrated and more capable."
Adventurous Android users can try Cortana on Android now as a beta version leaked online a couple of days ago.
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PhoneArena reports that the leaked APK of Cortana for Android has a 19.1MB size and only will work in the United States and China, as Microsoft is only rolling Cortana on Android out in these markets at launch.