"Hey Cortana" voice activation blocks "OK Google" on U.S. Android phones; feature removed in update

Cortana for Android receives an update

Cortana for Android receives an update

An update to the Cortana for Android app in the U.S., removes a feature that was causing problems for stateside Android users. For now, those using a phone powered by Google's open source OS cannot summon the personable voice-activated virtual assistant by calling out "Hey Cortana." On Reddit, some Android users have posted anecdotal stories about how activating the "Hey Cortana" feature broke their phone's microphone across the entire Android platform.

Activating "Hey Cortana" also caused problems with Android users unable to activate the "OK Google" hotkey. In addition, there were times when Google could not be activated even by pressing on the search bar or the microphone image. We can tell you that this is exactly what happened to our Motorola DROID Turbo. Once we deactivated "Hey Cortana," all functionality returned.

Besides removing the "Hey Cortana" voice activation from the app, the update improves the stability of Cortana for Android and adds enhanced call and text features. You can find the update in the Google Play Store by clicking on the hamburger app and clicking on My apps and games.

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source: Reddit via AndroidCentral

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10 Comments

1. BRYLYNT

Posts: 89; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Even if this was accidental they should say they did it on purpose. There is really no excuse for microsoft sucking as bad as they do at software, they've been doing it longer than basically everyone and should be held to a higher standard by now. Seriously from microsoft i can almost accept a scummy backhanded anti comeptetive act more than the gross incompetence that so often accompanies their software releases.

3. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Woah, calm down kid. Someone pissed on your cornflakes?

5. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I think its the matter of attracting top talent and brain power. Seem like they are also having issue with existing Windows servers installation. We are experiencing server side issue cause by their Windows update. Intermittent log in issue that require server reboot every few days. Hope they resolve this quickly...

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7004; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Google Now is still much better than Cortana.

2. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Talking with Cortana chick is more reasonable than talk with a Google.

4. byazatt

Posts: 316; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Not available for download in your country. Wtf? I wish I could use Cortana.

7. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Where were you live then? If you are in South Korea, you should download Song Hye Kyo. Pretier than Cortana.

8. Lycan155

Posts: 254; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

I guess google now got jealous and said it is either me or her :D

9. Elfmonster unregistered

This is quite interesting. I assumed illogically one would technically be required to replace the other, but in fact you should be able to run both (or many) simultaneously, turning your phone into a theoretical voice-everything device from multiple programs.

10. crazysaulat

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 25, 2015

and they say its This app is incompatible with all of your devices. wtf its not compatible with Note 5

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