Update to Cortana for Android adds lock screen support

Update to Cortana for Android adds lock screen support
There are many Android users who for one reason or another, choose Cortana over Google Now. Unlike the latter, Cortana does have some personality. Microsoft has made Cortana available for both Android and iOS, and a new update found in the Google Play Store takes the app to version 2.5.0. The only new feature, according to the changelist, allows Android users to access Cortana from the lock screen. This was originally discussed last month, and now the new feature is here.

If you already have Cortana installed on your Android phone, you can get the update by opening the Google Play Store and clicking on the hamburger menu on the left of the Google Play search bar. Click on My apps & games and scroll down to Cortana. Click on "update," and the job is done. If you don't have Cortana installed on your phone, open the Google Play Store and click on Cortana using the search bar. From there, you should be able to install the virtual personal assistant on your handset.

Ironically, the Cortana update comes the same day that Google Assistant starts rolling out to all Android models powered by Marshmallow 6.0 or higher. Assistant gives Google a little more personality by making the AI voice activated personal sidekick more conversational.


source: Cortana (Android|iOS) via AndroidPolice

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3 Comments

1. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

They just need to make it available worldwide.

2. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

You can sideload it, check APKMirror. One of the few sites which offers reliable and up to date APKs.

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Microsoft really wants to take over peoples Android smartphones, and once the have your lock screen, then there is nothing stopping them from taking over the rest of your Android device. Let's get real, Cortana sucks in comparison to Google Now. Nevermind Google Assistant kicks Cortana to the curb.

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