Cyanogen OS will soon bake Microsoft's Cortana in the framework of the Android OS
posted by Mihai A. / Sep 11, 2015, 1:08 PM
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?
Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 2014
MS must be paying Cyanogen a s**tload of cash. lol.
posted on Sep 11, 2015, 1:15 PM 8
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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!!
posted on Sep 12, 2015, 5:15 AM 1
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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?
posted on Sep 11, 2015, 1:39 PM 1
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AFAIK, Cyanogen OS is free from all Google apps including Google Now.
posted on Sep 11, 2015, 3:17 PM 2
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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).
posted on Sep 12, 2015, 3:43 PM 1
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Cyanogen should be kicked out of android.
posted on Sep 11, 2015, 2:17 PM 5
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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.
posted on Sep 11, 2015, 2:59 PM 4
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Cyanogen bringing that Microsoft spyware into Android I see.
posted on Sep 11, 2015, 2:59 PM 1
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If CM is integrating it, look for it to be buggy as all hell.
posted on Sep 11, 2015, 5:59 PM 1
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Dude it's pretty solid. It's better than s voice and Google now for my needs
posted on Sep 11, 2015, 8:23 PM 0
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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
posted on Sep 11, 2015, 6:36 PM 1
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