Voice unlock coming with Microsoft's always-on virtual assistant Cortana

Voice unlock coming with Microsoft's always-on virtual assistant Cortana
Microsoft said it won't out a voice-controlled personal assistant for your Windows Phone until it is able to make it revolutionary, with stand-out features before the competition of Google Now and Siri. Now is that time, it seems, as the speculated virtual butler Cortana is rumored to appear for developers' play in time for the holidays. 

What are the unique features so unique, however, that Microsoft has deemed Cortana ready for prime time? First off, insiders have tipped that it will be always-on, like the one on the Moto X, so you can shout tasks at your handsets without even unlocking it first. 

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 supports this function, but given that Motorola made a dedicated X8 chipset with a low-power processor specifically for that task, it will be interesting to see how Microsoft has achieved the power-sipping functionality with an off-the-shelve silicon.

The second part, and that's where exclusivity jumps in, is that Cortana will allow you to unlock the phone only with your voice, which for every person is as unique as your fingerprints. Again, it will be interesting to see how Microsoft would have done it, if true. We can imagine a beefy Snapdragon 800 will be up to the task to analyze all the intricacies of your vocal cords in a split second, but what about older handsets, how much Cortana are they going to get?

In any case, Microsoft is said to be in the final testing phases for its own voice-controlled assistant, and will have the development interface by Christmas. Yep, that means Cortana is meant to be open, and will work with 3rd party apps from various developers, which would no doubt make it much more useful. What do you think about this eventual voice unlock function - better than a fingerprint unlock, or a gimmick you are not likely to use on a regular basis?

source: CTechcn



1. x7black7x

Posts: 118; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

i think it would be a gimmick! definitely! microsoft will be making fun of other oem's and software companies by cortana imo! i didn't ever liked Microsoft except when it was under Steve Jobs!

8. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

hmmm I didn't know Steve Jobs ran MS...

17. x7black7x

Posts: 118; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

well bro i was being sarcastic! if u know what that means!

18. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

or just trolling

20. Azurus

Posts: 12; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

dude , just get a life. that wasnt sarcasm. that was a wasted guy talking alot of smack on his laptop you just got pwned in this conversation

9. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Why! Don't! You! Shout! Some! More! Also! Microsoft! Was! Never! Led! By! Jobs! But! Microsoft! Did! Buy! A! Large! Percentage! Of! Apple! And! Kept! Them! From! Dying! Completely! And! Remain! One! Of! The! Biggest! Shareholders! Of! The! Fruit! Company!

23. grapeseed87

Posts: 123; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

Whats with the exclamation marks?! O.O

11. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

sarcasm much???

2. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

MS,we want complete cortana that is in Halo series,not like google now & siri,We want something extraordinary voice assistant.

3. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Speaking to it to unlock is pathetic. Bb10 actually has the best method because it works 100% of the time. The double tap would be better if it worked 100% of the time though.

12. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

what is BB 10s method?

4. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Your Halo geeks may give it a look. My older nephew is the slightest bit excited (but still very happy with his Galaxy S4). However, if it's just an "also ran" service I don't think it'll gain much traction. Microsoft is battling against a lot of ill will, and its bullcrap anti-Google ads aren't doing much to endear it to those like me who don't wish to reward such behavior with sales.

6. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yes this sounds supercool and it should be also supported to older models and for third party as well. BTW I like Cortana and she's pretty sexy. :)

15. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

they should have a dancing n stripping cortana too!! mabey they could even teach her to twerk n drop it!! id buy a Win phone then for sure lols!!

7. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

wow go microsoft :)

19. Azurus

Posts: 12; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

what if you have a cold ?? and your voice changed. that would be fun trying to unlock your own phone but cant. and btw there is nothing simpler and better than a 4-digit pass-code. iPhone 5s is bulls**t with its fingershi* thingie, and Microsoft wont add a revolutionary thing with the voice identification. but im looking forward at seeing how cortana will be up 24/7 and will respond to my commands all the time.

25. xxcorpxx

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It could work well as it learns your voice and you just ask Cortana to open an app for you directly from a locked screen. I think it would be useless if it worked like the droid voice lock feature. It should just listen for you to ask for Cortana to open something or do something. "Cortana, take a picture." or "Cortana, send a new email to john doe." She should just open up a new email with John Doe in the To: field and then either you could say your subject and body or just type it. It might take some time to get used to asking your phone to do something rather than just doing it yourself but, it would be quicker this way once you got the hang of it.

29. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

if you have a cold use your 4 digit code if you don't i think the voice to unlock is a quicker way of doing it !!

21. Penywyz

Posts: 255; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

I've said it before, without the original voice actress doing Cortana's voice, this is a total bust for me. The touchless control similar to Motorola's is awesome though. I use mine on my Droid Ultra daily.

22. xxcorpxx

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I hope they do this right. I think they could really draw a lot of people with a very well done personal assistant that was an animated Cortana talking to you. Make it feel like you have a true assistant not just a gimmicky Siri. Having an animated Cortana should be an option to disable if you want but, you could really grab the X-box crowd and create a lot of buzz. Make it smooth and soffisticated with a touch of sexy. Make it work well and don't be slower at doing things like sending texts. Keep the prompts to a minimum and not tedious. I like sending voice text while driving but it can take a long time to listen to the message, then say reply, then say the message and then say send. I should be able to interupt immediately with my answer and not have to wait for the prompts. If i ask her to open my email from a locked screen, she should just do it and as it's happening she should be like, "it is already done, would there be anything else?" and she should just go away if I ignore her and not keeping asking over and over or at the very least allow for an immediate No, i'm good kinda of casual answer.

26. xxcorpxx

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

sophisticated... dur No edit..

24. grapeseed87

Posts: 123; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

I will take Cortana over Siri any day

27. rabidhunter

Posts: 90; Member since: Jul 05, 2013

I don't think that I would trust voice unlocking as a security measure, especially on mobile technology. The reason is because mobile technology is supposed to be semi-affordable. I just might, might, trust my secure information to a device priced at $800 specially designed and equipped for the sole purpose of security. Manufacturing any kind of processor that is always listening and designed into a cell phone for mass manufacturing probably won't be a high level of security. I have one of the new DROID phones which also has the always on listening feature, and so does my wife. On my phone, my friend was able to use the voice commands even though it was trained to my voice. On my wife's phone, it is so sensitive that even watching TV or listening to music will set the voice commands off. Again, this isn't meant to be a security feature and is not sold as such. It's just sold as a quick and easy way to get information.

28. iDroid8

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

"unlock your phone with just your voice" And what if i've got a cold/sore throat? It'll not unlock my phone. Damn!

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