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Microsoft Publishing Cortana Open Beta To Android Devices

Microsoft’s intelligent personal assistant certainly seems to get around. Already available on Windows phones and the Windows 10 operating system, the app is all set to make its open beta debut for Android devices this week according to a post on Microsoft’s Windows Blog. If you already know you will be using Cortana a lot you will be able to set the app as the default choice when you press the home button on your device. Unfortunately, some features such as hands-free activation of Cortana or using her to open other apps are only available on the Windows 10 version for the time being. These features may appear on Android at some point though. “As with all betas, we are continually improving the experience and will incorporate feedback along the way,” Susan Hendrich wrote on the Windows Blog. Other than that Cortana on Android has most of the usability of its Windows counterpart.

Cortana can be compared to Apple’s Siri but Microsoft’s assistant packs some interesting tricks. For instance, you can task Cortana to keep an eye on a flight you have booked and you’ll receive a notification if any status changes such as a delay occur. If you would like to try out Cortana on your Android device then head on over to the Google Play store and download the app. To the best of our knowledge the closed beta for Cortana is only available in the United States as of this writing.

Did you find Cortana to be useful on your Android device? Share your experience in the comments section below.

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