Microsoft Cortana is now available for Android platform. The apk installation file of Cortana leaked a few days ago, but Microsoft rushed an official beta version of the application for Google’s popular platform. The application can be found on Google Play Store free of charge, but only in US.
A beta of Microsoft’s virtual voice assistant was announced a few months ago for Google’s operating system. For now, Cortana will only be available to download in the US, but it is planned to be made available in India and Europe soon. However, if waiting is not an option for you, the leaked installation file can always be sideloaded (installed manually) on your device from third-party app stores like APKmirror.
The application was previously available exclusively for Windows Phone and its release on rival mobile operating systems Android and iOS was announced in May earlier this year. An initial look for Microsoft’s virtual assistant gave Android users a sample of what the app is capable of in June, when the first installation file had leaked for Google’s platform.
There aren’t many changes between the Windows Phone version of the app and its newer Android counterpart. Windows decided to maintain the aesthetically pleasing user interface and all the accessible functionalities.
Google’s Google Now and Apple’s Siri are Cortana’s biggest rivals, Microsoft joining the battle of digital voice assistants the last.
Microsoft’s voice assistant can add reminders, take notes, make calls and give you time and weather updates. The application was also released for desktop use on Windows 10 operating system. If you decide to use Cortana for your Android and also have it on your computer, you can sync all your notes and emails right into your mobile device.
In the coming weeks the application is hoped to surpass the beta stage and enter a final release. Microsoft’s interest for competing with Android and iOS is starting to gain shape, as the company learns for the first time that once their app migrate to another platforms, their popularity might escalate drastically.
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