Cyanogen OS will soon bake Microsoft's Cortana in the framework of the Android OS

Cyanogen OS will soon bake Microsoft's Cortana in the framework of the Android OS
According to Kirt McMaster, the co-founder and CEO of Cyanogen, an upcoming version of Cyanogen OS will bake in Cortana right into the framework of the OS.

Unveiled alongside Windows Phone 8.1 and perfected and expanded on in Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile, Cortana is one of the most powerful digital assistants currently around, right next to Apple's Siri. 

Unlike its direct competitor, however, Cortana seems to be in the process of expanding beyond its native ecosystem. Just recently, Microsoft has launched a beta version of Cortana for Android, which is a good first step. However, since the digital assistant works as an app, and not an integrated part of the Android OS, there's only so much that Cortana can do on Android at the moment. Cyanogen, hot on the heels of its recently-announced partnership with Microsoft, plans to change all that and make Cortana a native part of the Android OS.

Here's what McMaster had to say in a recent interview with the International Business Times regarding how Cortana could become much more useful as a native part of the OS:

Note that McMaster said that Cortana will be integrated with a future version of Cyanogen OS, and not CyanogenMod. What this means is that you'll probably have to buy a phone with Cyanogen OS pre-installed - such as the new Wileyfox smartphones or the Micromax Yureka - to take advantage of Cortana's deep Android integration. CyanogenMOD, which is the custom Android ROM that you can install on some Android smartphones, will probably skip on Cortana integration.

What do you guys think? Will deep Cortana integration make Cyanogen OS more desirable as an alternative to Google's own version of Android?

source: IBT via Android Central



1. Tziggy14

Posts: 626; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

MS must be paying Cyanogen a s**tload of cash. lol.

4. rihel_95

Posts: 305; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

As the core value of Cyanogen is lost, I guess Cyanogen will very soon go into oblivion.

27. IT-Engineer

Posts: 584; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Before thinking about that, the title pisses me off, Cyanogen "OS", like they build an Operating System from the ground up!!!!!!! I mean the Arrogance of Cyanogen knows no limits, OS!!!!!!!!!! Let me see a true Cyanogen OS, not a Vanilla android with Cyanogen framework injected!!

30. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

Microsoft invested a large amount into cyanogen earlier this year.

2. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

I like it, but only time ill try s**t CM is for Android 6

3. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

And Ill never use CM again because of it.

5. GPCosta

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

I never tried Cortana and I would certainly give it a chance. But I want to know if Cyanogen OS will replace Google Now by Cortana or if in this version of Cyanogen we will have this two options and then we will choose which we prefer. How gonna work?

16. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

AFAIK, Cyanogen OS is free from all Google apps including Google Now.

28. GPCosta

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

But Google Now will stay like now, completely integrated in Android or Cortana will take that place?

31. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

I don't use Cyanogen OS and I don't use Nexus 5 (marshmallow beta), so I will speak as what I do expect and nothing would be . I guess they will let either Cortana or Bing search instead of Google Now since Bing search have a new option called Snapshot which can read what on the page and search upon it . Although the feature is on theory similar to the next Google Now integration , in practice it is not that good. (maybe because it is not integrated on OS or because it is still new). BTW you can replace Google Now with other apps on Android, so I also think that an integration can be applied on other apps. (maybe adding new API and only used by Accessibility menu).

33. GPCosta

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

So, you think that they will replace totally Cortana (will be integrated with Bing) by Google Now, right?

34. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

Yes that is what I am expecting from them.

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'll stick with android over CM.

32. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

First time you and I have ever agreed.

7. lallolu

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Cyanogen should be kicked out of android.

8. Subie

Posts: 2442; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

It's an option. No one makes you use it.

25. kxt7716

Posts: 20; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

why the hell u even reply u dumb pig

13. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Android is open source. Cyanogen can put whatever they want into the OS, and google can't say boo, unless they use Google's version of Android. Then they can be kicked out, but to my knowledge they don't use Google's version.

17. tedkord

Posts: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You can't kick anyone out of open source.

9. jove39

Posts: 2149; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Most of bloat cyanogen adds could be uncinstalled. Boxer mail & calendar, browser etc.

12. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Cyanogen bringing that Microsoft spyware into Android I see.

14. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Yes because android never spies.. Geeze dude

15. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I use cortana on my s6 edge plus. It's lovely to say the least

18. tedkord

Posts: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

If CM is integrating it, look for it to be buggy as all hell.

22. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Dude it's pretty solid. It's better than s voice and Google now for my needs

24. tedkord

Posts: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

AOSP is pretty solid, too, but CM manages to bug it up really well.

19. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Amazing! Having the option of choosing between two search personal assistants baked right into the OS is more than welcome on my OnePlus One :D Whichever I don't like, I simply take a couple seconds to disable or root-uninstall from my OnePlus One. No loss :D

23. AZNHA unregistered

beta cortana working great in my device :)

26. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1284; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

So M$ is going to do what it has done to Nokia earlier... Beware of back-stabber Cyanogen (Not CM)...

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