Voice unlock coming with Microsoft's always-on virtual assistant Cortana
0. phoneArena 25 Sep 2013, 02:02 posted on
Microsoft is said to be in the final testing phases of its own voice-controlled assistant, and will have the development interface by Christmas. Yep, that means Cortana is meant to be open, and will work with 3rd party apps from various developers, which would no doubt make it much more useful...
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1. x7black7x (Posts: 118; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)
i think it would be a gimmick!
microsoft will be making fun of other oem's and software companies by cortana imo!
i didn't ever liked Microsoft except when it was under Steve Jobs!
17. x7black7x (Posts: 118; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)
well bro i was being sarcastic!
if u know what that means!
20. Azurus (Posts: 12; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)
dude , just get a life. that wasnt sarcasm. that was a wasted guy talking alot of smack on his laptop
you just got pwned in this conversation
9. -box- (Posts: 3931; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
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23. grapeseed87 (Posts: 123; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)
Whats with the exclamation marks?! O.O
2. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 365; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
MS,we want complete cortana that is in Halo series,not like google now & siri,We want something extraordinary voice assistant.
3. Taters (Posts: 3673; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
Speaking to it to unlock is pathetic. Bb10 actually has the best method because it works 100% of the time. The double tap would be better if it worked 100% of the time though.
4. Sniggly (Posts: 7220; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Your Halo geeks may give it a look. My older nephew is the slightest bit excited (but still very happy with his Galaxy S4).
However, if it's just an "also ran" service I don't think it'll gain much traction. Microsoft is battling against a lot of ill will, and its bullcrap anti-Google ads aren't doing much to endear it to those like me who don't wish to reward such behavior with sales.
6. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3237; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Yes this sounds supercool and it should be also supported to older models and for third party as well. BTW I like Cortana and she's pretty sexy. :)
15. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)
they should have a dancing n stripping cortana too!! mabey they could even teach her to twerk n drop it!! id buy a Win phone then for sure lols!!
19. Azurus (Posts: 12; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)
what if you have a cold ?? and your voice changed. that would be fun trying to unlock your own phone but cant.
and btw there is nothing simpler and better than a 4-digit pass-code. iPhone 5s is bulls**t with its fingershi* thingie, and Microsoft wont add a revolutionary thing with the voice identification. but im looking forward at seeing how cortana will be up 24/7 and will respond to my commands all the time.
25. xxcorpxx (Posts: 3; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)
It could work well as it learns your voice and you just ask Cortana to open an app for you directly from a locked screen. I think it would be useless if it worked like the droid voice lock feature. It should just listen for you to ask for Cortana to open something or do something.
"Cortana, take a picture." or "Cortana, send a new email to john doe." She should just open up a new email with John Doe in the To: field and then either you could say your subject and body or just type it.
It might take some time to get used to asking your phone to do something rather than just doing it yourself but, it would be quicker this way once you got the hang of it.
29. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1060; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
if you have a cold use your 4 digit code if you don't i think the voice to unlock is a quicker way of doing it !!
21. Penywyz (banned) (Posts: 255; Member since: 13 Aug 2013)
I've said it before, without the original voice actress doing Cortana's voice, this is a total bust for me.
The touchless control similar to Motorola's is awesome though. I use mine on my Droid Ultra daily.
22. xxcorpxx (Posts: 3; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)
I hope they do this right. I think they could really draw a lot of people with a very well done personal assistant that was an animated Cortana talking to you. Make it feel like you have a true assistant not just a gimmicky Siri. Having an animated Cortana should be an option to disable if you want but, you could really grab the X-box crowd and create a lot of buzz. Make it smooth and soffisticated with a touch of sexy. Make it work well and don't be slower at doing things like sending texts. Keep the prompts to a minimum and not tedious. I like sending voice text while driving but it can take a long time to listen to the message, then say reply, then say the message and then say send. I should be able to interupt immediately with my answer and not have to wait for the prompts.
If i ask her to open my email from a locked screen, she should just do it and as it's happening she should be like, "it is already done, would there be anything else?" and she should just go away if I ignore her and not keeping asking over and over or at the very least allow for an immediate No, i'm good kinda of casual answer.
27. rabidhunter (Posts: 90; Member since: 05 Jul 2013)
I don't think that I would trust voice unlocking as a security measure, especially on mobile technology. The reason is because mobile technology is supposed to be semi-affordable. I just might, might, trust my secure information to a device priced at $800 specially designed and equipped for the sole purpose of security.
Manufacturing any kind of processor that is always listening and designed into a cell phone for mass manufacturing probably won't be a high level of security.
I have one of the new DROID phones which also has the always on listening feature, and so does my wife. On my phone, my friend was able to use the voice commands even though it was trained to my voice. On my wife's phone, it is so sensitive that even watching TV or listening to music will set the voice commands off. Again, this isn't meant to be a security feature and is not sold as such. It's just sold as a quick and easy way to get information.
28. iDroid8 (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)
"unlock your phone with just your voice"
And what if i've got a cold/sore throat?
It'll not unlock my phone. Damn!