Microsoft's Cortana Voice Assistant is Coming to Android in July

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Microsoft recently shared that their voice and search assistant which they lovingly named Cortana (after the Halo game's AI character) will be available in a beta format for Android as early as July of this year. Windows 10, which is being released July 29th of this year will include Cortana baked into the OS. The fact that Microsoft is porting her to other systems reinforces their new focus on spreading the love of Microsoft products around to other platforms.

Microsoft clarified that the Android app beta of Cortana will be "working as a companion to Cortana on your Windows 10 PC." They did not clarify what that actually means for the software. This leaves the question as to whether Cortana for Android will end up as a stripped down version unworthy of the Windows 10 original, or if it will come with most of her full functionality.

For the most part, Microsoft's description indicates that Cortana for Android will work similarly to what is already found in Siri and Google Now. The one advantage of Cortana seems to be that her interactive speech patterns are superior to what Apple and Google offer.

Incidentally, this news comes along with a story about Cortana coming to the Xbox One. Check out the Microsoft source link below for more details. The above video is a demo of the Phone Companion App for Windows 10.

Source: Microsoft
 

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Ya know. I'm really diggin' Microsoft's new approach lately. Despite their downfalls with Windows Phone, they are really showing some awesome products that coincide with W10. Makes me proud to be a PC user again. :)
 

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Couldn't agree with you more Nick. They've definitely stepped into the ring to compete in their own way and it seems like they're making great choices left and right.

As much as I love Google Now, I sometimes wish it had a bit more of a "personality" or persona. I don't necessarily want something just like siri, but Cortana seems like she'd be a nice middle ground for a digital assistant.

My only worry/gripe is that I'm sure it'll use bing and I just personally prefer Google search.

This realm is starting to get crowded now with some real contenders. Hound comes to mind. I know several of us are testing out the beta right now.

Google Now on Tap will be hard to beat when it's available on more devices than those running the M preview.

I'll definitely give Cortana a spin when she comes around.
 

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Cortana can do whatever she wants to me. Ugh...yea I can't wait to download it.
 
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