Microsoft’s Cortana voice assistant on Android is now a lot more powerful. With the latest update, users can call up the voice assistant by speaking “Hey Cortana.” The option requires that a phone is unlocked, however, making it slightly less useful than some smartphones that support Google Now with the screen off.
Once Cortana is active, you can ask her to schedule appointments, set an alarm, check sports scores, ask about the weather and more. She’s particularly useful if you’re also using a Windows 10 computer, which has Cortana built into the desktop and into the Edge Web browser.
The feature is available in the latest beta of Cortana for Android, version 126.96.36.1999 according to Windows Central, so make sure you’re on the latest software before giving it a whirl.