Windows Phone Cortana voice assistant shown in brief new video

Windows Phone Cortana voice assistant shown in brief new video
The general rumor mill has known for a while that Microsoft is working on a voice assistant similar to Google Now and Siri for its Windows Phone platform, and the recent news has said it is codenamed Cortana after the computer AI in the Halo game series. Now, there is a brief new video that allegedly shows off the Windows Phone voice assistant in action.

Unfortunately, the video is pretty terrible quality. Whoever shot it didn't get the entire device screen in the video, and even worse is that the person couldn't even turn off the Netsky track that is playing, which makes it difficult to hear what the device is saying although it appears to be giving some sort of navigation instructions. There are bits that do make it look and sound like Windows Phone though. The dings that alert the beginning and end of a voice action match the sounds that you would get in Windows Phone, the typography also looks like the Segoe font that is the main hallmark of the Metro UI. 

In the end, there isn't a lot to even confirm that this is real; and, if it is real there isn't much to show off what to expect from Cortana. The rumors have said that it will be released in April with Windows Phone 8.1, and the voice will be Jen Taylor who voiced Cortana in the video games. As far as functionality, it has been said that the voice assistant will be able to answer questions you'd expect like search queries, appointments, navigation, etc., and offer voice unlock, but we don't know much beyond that. 

source: @WPLeaker via WMPU



1. ryan5609

Posts: 107; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

The background music makes it so much easier to hear. Remember to always blast background music when recording from a different source.

3. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I'm sure MS will work out the bugs. I can't imagine that background music will be in the final product.

10. the_best

Posts: 139; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

haha =)

7. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Its a leaked video not an official one.

14. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Was that music?

2. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Video is horrible. Can't hear cortana. Just hear music.

4. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

You can't tell much from that

5. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Yes it is doubt....wpcentral posted and article 2 weeks ago which told that cortana will be a blue bouncing ball with expression as HALO game server and thats what we see.... To be honest I'm really excited for wp 8.1 update....I wish it is beyond my expectations as ms has taken so much time for this update:)

6. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

they always take time over updates!!

8. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Way too much ;-)

9. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I'm wondering why WPCentral isn't making an article about this video, if this is real they would have already made an article about this... I believe what you say about the article 2 weeks ago but it's kind of strange they yet haven't posted it ...

11. hurrycanger

Posts: 1766; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

The voice sounds robotic but cool. That blue face is creepy though.

12. hurrycanger

Posts: 1766; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

I'm talking about the face in the video. Not the article photo

13. volcano

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

fake all photos, videos shared on wpleaker twitter account FAKE ... according to tom warren from theverge as he claim seeing wp8.1 multiple times

15. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Daniel Rubino also told me that it is a fake one

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