As phones have started to become more advanced with their fancy technology such as apps, mechanics, and voice recognition what else can companies like Google, Android, IOS, and Microsoft add to make the smart phone experience that much easier? Well recently Microsoft had been creating an application called Cortana which functions like Siri and Google Now where users use their voice to command the phone to perform a specific action on the phone. Even more recent, Microsoft has opened up their app to the public for public testing. So what exactly does Cortana provide and is this a unique application coming to the Android?
So to download the application users of Android devices will have to download it from the Google Play Store which is simple and quick ( and ironic since this app is trying to replace Google Now). When this application is installed the user will have the option of replacing Google Now for Cortana as the new main method for shortcuts; once made the primary shortcut for an Android device the way users can access it is by holding down the home button for a little bit and then swiping up. The only thing this application does not do is replace Google Now tab on Nexus phones and it does not remove the Google Now launcher when users swipe the touch screen from left to right. Another thing that people hoped Cortana changed but sadly it did not, users cannot switch the audio cue command from “Ok Google” to “Hey Cortana”.
So what exactly can this Cortana application do when asked to do something by its users?Well using their voice, users of the app can trigger the app to create memos, send text messages to friends, and search the world wide web with Bing by saying what they would like Cortana to search up. When the application is downloaded it will sync up with the preferences users have with their Windows 10 phone so this app customizes its feed to the personality of the user with special new stories, reminds, and other events. For people reading and have an interest remember that currently this public testing for the app is currently only in the United States, but do not worry my foreigners Microsoft is planning on releasing there newest application to other markets around the world on a later unspecified date.
This is a great part on Microsoft to release this new application because they are moving their software over to other platforms. Besides being able to use this on Windows PC this new app will be more useful/applicable for those whose phones or tablets currently run Android. Shockingly, there are rumors that Microsoft is planning on releasing its Cortana app on the App Store for IOS users. I doubt this will have much success because Apple does not like third party software to try and remove their pre installed programs on apple devices like Siri. And at the same time Siri already does everything it is asked to do pretty well so I doubt this will garner much attention from Apple users except those who are also hardcore Windows fans. For the most part, for the users who use Window 10 with Cortana will have a great using this software on their Android based phones and tablets.
In Conclusion, this new assistance software for Microsoft Users who have Androids will have a more enjoyable time as the Cortana app will provide simplicity and convenience. I downloaded the package and gave it a few tries and it seems to work just as fine as any other voice recognition software so what it all comes down to when deciding to use Siri, Google Now, or Cortana is what brand the users prefer because the differences between all three are very minimal. As mentioned before, Cortana can be downloaded right now during the testing period for free on the Google Play Store so enjoy!