Cortana will soon be able to track Android notifications

Cortana will soon be able to track Android notifications
There was a lot of big news from Microsoft's BUILD developer conference keynote and most wasn't much that might be of interest to those of us focused on mobile hardware and software, except for one interesting bit of functionality coming to Microsoft's virtual assistant Cortana. Cortana may soon help you interact with your Android phone.

According to Microsoft, Cortana will soon allow users to track notifications across Android devices and Cortana will also be able to help you respond to SMS messages from your PC as well. It sounds kind of like what you could do now with Pushbullet, but built directly into Windows. In general, Cortana could be getting more functionality with third-party apps because Microsoft will be releasing new APIs to let developers create commands. 

The APIs and new Cortana functionality will be coming with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update which is due out this summer. In the meantime, if you want to be able to get Android notifications on your PC and respond to SMS, you can look into Pushbullet

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7 Comments

1. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Would never use cortana again, not on my Surface Pro 2 nor my OnePlus One, until I'm able to do everything Google Voice Search offers without any of the stupid 24/7 spyware aspects.

2. Techielover

Posts: 105; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Correct me if I'm wrong but for virtual assistants to help you they need to know about you

5. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Nope, that's just BS marketing by microsoft. I should be able to do a simple voice search without Cortana's 24/7 spying on my e-mail/contacts/location/speech/writing/typing/bro​wsing habits. Having the so-called "personalized" experience should be MY choice, not Microsoft's to dictate. On my OnePlus One, to simply do a voice search, I don't need to use Google Now cards (which does similar data mining on Android), nor do I need to train Google to properly understand my voice or anyone else's, nor do I need to use voice search history. It just works without 24/7 privacy invasion, as Cortana is demanding, and I use it (initiated by holding home button for 2 seconds, not by voice) for a LOT of none-personalized tasks, including: - Get definitions of words I come across in websites/conversations/videos - Determine weather forecast for some area (including outside) - Make some simple calculation - Get details about some historical/iconic person - Get movie listings and their ratings - Begin playing a specific playlist/song/artist - Get some sports scores - Set an alarm/timer - Finding taxi numbers in my area - Finding local business (not just restaurants) addresses - Finding the pictures of any form of matter, depending on my current conversation - Determine the spelling and definition of some word I heard in a conversation (I literally just launch Google voice search and ask the other person to say the word) All of that, without any nonsense 24/7 spyware for sake of unwanted "personalization". There's no reason why Cortana can't offer such on Windows. Ps. If you agree and are using Windows 10, vote for the Windows feedback here (you'll need Edge to open Windows feedback links): Windows-Feedback:?contextid=17&feedbackid=796465df​-2b8a-4537-8951-fced12dd243d&form=1&src=2

7. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

As if Google is not spying :)

8. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Not with the configuration I have...

3. yyuu1000

Posts: 260; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

off topic but can someone explain what Product Specific Use for sar means????

4. Vanliewn

Posts: 65; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Hopefully soon

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