Microsoft says Cortana for Android will be released in July

Microsoft says Cortana for Android will be released in July
Last month, when Microsoft announced that Cortana would be available for Android and iOS users, it didn't say exactly when this would happen. Well, today Microsoft revealed that a beta version of Cortana for Android will be released next month, in July.

Cortana for Android will be a standalone app. It will not offer everything that Cortana for Windows Phone is offering (since it's not deeply integrated into Android), instead acting as a companion app for your Windows PC (assuming you have one). For example, you can ask Cortana on Android to remind you to do something at 10 PM, and, if at that time you're using another device with Cortana, you'll be reminded there.

Cortana is also coming to Xbox One, and, of course, it will be integrated into Windows 10 from day one (in case you didn't know, Windows 10 will be officially available starting July 29).

We recently conducted a poll to find out how people were feeling about Cortana coming to Android and iOS. It turned out that most Android and iOS users are looking forward to trying the app. This, of course, is great news for Microsoft.


source: Microsoft via ZDNet

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16 Comments

1. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

.... Alright, so I am interested in trying Cortana.... and at the same time I don't really want any Microsoft branded software on my phone. It's a bit strange, but I have this mentality that my phone feels dirty with their software on it. I know it's stupid, but I suppose that's the byproduct with having to use Internet Explorer all these years.

3. nwright94

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

No more dirty than any of the carrier bloat ware and stuff like that. If a product is good, it doesn't matter who made it. If you like it, use it. Don't get hung up on who made it.

11. sgodsell

Posts: 6740; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Google first came out with the true intuitive helpful assistant back in 2012, and won awards for it. I still remember Microsoft in that same year started up their Scroogled campaign, because they said Google was reading peoples emails. Google Now has to look through your emails to check when packages are going to arrive, as well as other stuff for the AI to work. Now Cortana is doing the same thing and reading users emails to do the same stuff. So Microsoft you can put your Cortana any where you like. It's never going to touch my stuff.

12. sgodsell

Posts: 6740; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I forgot to mention that with Google Now on Tap, Cortana still has nothing on Google Now. Not to mention Google Now is integrated into Android.

5. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

You feel the same way about MS Office too ?

7. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

2013 yes, I liked Office 2007 much better, at least from a GUI standpoint. .... And I hate MS Access!

8. waddup121 unregistered

Hound or Cortana...hmmm

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

From the PA demo, I can't wait for Hound to exit beta. I intend to replace my Google Now with Hound. No point being a geek if you can't accept what is technically superior.

13. sgodsell

Posts: 6740; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

With Google Now on Tap, no one has anything like it. Not to mention Google Now is intuitive and can predict and automatically show you results for things that you follow are need. Hound has nothing like that.

15. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

In other words, Google Now still has an edge on this. I wonder whether Hound can access the phone hardware like 'Ok Google',. Flashlight ON. Has anyone try that on Hound?

2. nwright94

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

Love Cortana, I'm sure it'll be a great app on Android =)

4. Carlitos

Posts: 638; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

I will def love to try it out! Google now will still be my main assistant due to the latest updates google has been adding and the deep integration of Android M. Way ahead of the competition. But Cortana has some pretty cool tricks. The more competition the merrier!

6. cambotodd

Posts: 13; Member since: Jun 15, 2015

They making it available for android and ios but its not even available in a lot of countries for windows phones yet!!

10. Lizze

Posts: 16; Member since: Jan 04, 2015

100% agree with you..I really dont understand how Microsoft thinks. I have a Lumia 920 right now, with out Cortana. :( It feels as if they are just focusing on Android and iOS customers and forgetting customers with Windows Phone. What do they expect that those who have android right now and download Cortana will like it and move over to Windows. Micros**tt

14. sgodsell

Posts: 6740; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Microsoft sales last quarter fell to only 2.5% of the global smart phone market. So why spend time on only 2.5% when Android has almost 80% of the global market share.

16. Avanish97

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Come on Microsoft if Cortana goes to another platforms there will be nothing which can stop windows phone users from moving to them.

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