Cortana will be preinstalled on CyanogenMod 12.1

Cortana will be preinstalled on CyanogenMod 12.1
Microsoft is still working on getting Windows off the ground on mobile, but that isn't stopping the company from making deals to get its apps on other platforms as well. Microsoft Office was part of the iPad Pro announcement and Office apps have come preinstalled on CyanogenMod in the past, but now CyanogenMod will also have Cortana installed from the start.

This shouldn't be a total surprise, because it had been rumored that Cyanogen wanted to replace Google Now in its custom Android OS and was looking into integrating Cortana as that alternative. Now, Cortana has been found preinstalled in CyanogenMod 12.1. The question remains though as to how deeply integrated Cortana will be. As of right now, it has been noted in the OnePlus forums that Cortana is just a preinstalled app that can be uninstalled if you don't want it on your device. 

However, Cyanogen has spoken about wanting to have Cortana be able to perform functions that even Siri can't on iOS or Google Now can't on Android. This would include deeper voice controls for more apps, like Spotify and others. We'll have to keep an eye out to see how this progresses.

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9 Comments

1. bokimaricu

Posts: 89; Member since: Dec 21, 2013

And here i am using cm13 with google now

2. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Nice, would be good to have another great enhancing service as an option on my OnePlus One. Like the TrueCaller integration with Dialer, get the benefits of knowing the name of who's calling, but control the privacy invading part of sending ALL my contact details without consent to some third-party with XPrivacy...

3. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

And this is what MSFT wants. They'll leverage the use of Android in the form of AOSP cyanogenmod to beat Google at their own game long after windows phone platform sinks

4. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

It is what google did with chrome, used another persons OS to push their software and development, then turn your nose at them, ignorning over 100million people in the process....

5. jontaylor07

Posts: 169; Member since: Oct 12, 2015

Windows will not and cannot sink. However, Microsoft does want everyone using their services, even if those people bought a Oneplus, or a Samsung, they can still access MS services without MS having to build the device and OS. Microsoft wants to be the go-to not just for PC builders, but Android phone makers, IoT devices, iPhone users, etc.

6. AlikMalix unregistered

What if I don't want it on my phone?

8. TezzaBP

Posts: 274; Member since: May 18, 2015

It's CyanogenMod, you can uninstall anything and everything

7. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

@Michael H CyanogenMod and Cyanogen OS are different distributions. Cyanogen OS is commercial shipping variant of Android made by Cyanogen Inc. Cortana is pre-installed only on Cyanogen OS...NOT CyanogenMod. And it is not system app so user can un-install anytime.

9. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Yep. I was about to make this point until I saw you did.

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