Android users can get Microsoft's digital assistant now on their Android smartphone.
Microsoft opens the beta for Cortana Android to everyone. Last month Microsoft launched a closed beta of the digital assistant that produced the first reviews of Cortana on Android.
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The Cortana app on Android is the companion to a Windows 10 PC. It is extending Cortana’s functionality across any device including Android smartphones.
Cortana app can do most of the things Cortana does on a PC or on a Windows phone. Cortana can help users to manage reminders, searching the web on-the-go, tracking important information such as flight details as well as starting and completing tasks across all of a user's devices.
New in the public beta of Cortana for Android is the option to set Cortana as the destination for the home button press.
Microsoft's Susan Hendrich says: "You will also see a few differences between what Cortana can do today in her “native” environment (Windows) and in the app on Android. For example toggling settings, opening apps or invoking Cortana hands-free by saying “Hey Cortana” are only available on Windows for now. As with all betas, we are continually improving the experience and will incorporate feedback along the way."
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The Cortana app is available on the Google Play store. (US only)