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Cortana officially launches on iOS and Android

by Todd Haselton | December 9, 2015December 9, 2015 3:00 pm PDT

Microsoft’s digital voice assistant Cortana officially launched on iOS and Android on Wednesday. The launch followed beta releases that have been available in the time since Microsoft first announced the apps in May.

The voice assistant has the potential to be more powerful for users on Android, where it can be set as the default assistant replacing Google Now and can be called upon with the “Hey Cortana” command. Still, she’s capable of learning on both platforms, and can alert you of package shipment statuses, flight alerts, sports scores, the weather and more.

In fact, if you’re already running Cortana on Windows 10, you’ll find the voice assistant and her Notebook will be catered to you right away, with all of your settings already in place. Even cooler — Windows 10 users who use Cortana on Android can also get missed call alerts on their Windows desktops.

The firm said it’s also working to build Cortana into Cyanogen OS and that an update for the OnePlus One with Cortana built-in will be available later this month.

Cortana is available in the Google Play Store and iTunes App Store now.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...