Would you use Microsoft's Cortana on Android or iOS?

Several weeks ago, a Reuters report had it that Microsoft would eventually bring Cortana to both Android and iOS, thus offering users an alternative to Google Now and Siri, respectively.

Apparently, owners of Android and iOS devices will be able to get Cortana as a standalone app, but there's no word on exactly when this is going to happen.

Cortana certainly has its charm and abilities, but it might be hard for it to become popular on Android and iOS, since Google Now and Siri are both great in their own way (not to mention the fact that, being the native personal assistants on Android and iOS, they're deeply integrated into their respective OSes). Even so, we want to ask Android and iOS users if they'd give Cortana a chance once it becomes available on their devices.

Released in 2014 for Windows Phone handsets (in select countries), Cortana will also be integrated into Windows 10, which means it's going to be available on desktops starting later this year.

Last summer, we compared Cortana to Google Now and Siri, so you might want to check that out before voting in the poll below.

Will you use Cortana on Android or iOS?

Definitely yes
47.82%
Maybe, out of curiosity
36.75%
No
15.43%

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46 Comments

1. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Definitely yes! Cortana is the best. Cortana > Google Now > Siri

3. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I voted "Maybe, out of curiosity". Can it set reminders yet? Because I know for a while it couldn't.

4. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

yet? It has been doing that for a long time, not just reminders but people and geolocation and other types of reminders. Others you have to say which store for the reminder, Cortana allows for anystore as a reminder.

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Cool, I ask simply because it was not an option when it was first released. I never bothered to follow up to see if it was ever implemented.

30. sgodsell

Posts: 7456; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Remember Google now was the first assistant to bring deep integration and prediction notices. Something Siri still has to include. Back in 2012 when Google Now was first introduced, it won all kinds of innovation awards. Because it could track your packages, tell you when to leave a place to go for your next meeting, traffic updates, reminders and much more. Cortana only came out last year with WP8.1. Its still catching up and needs more language support, and needs to work in more countries. Now that Google Now supports 3rd party applications. It will be interesting to see if Cortana on Android and iOS will have this same 3rd party application support.

19. miketer

Posts: 531; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Reminders are set in many different ways for ex: A) 'can you wake me up in half an hour?' B) if you've already set an appointment at 11 am for example and want to shift to 12 noon, all you got to say is ' can you shift the next appointment by one hour' and the job is done. C) an other way ' remind me to pick the kids at 4.30. etc.

21. Penny

Posts: 1860; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Reminders are one of the core functionalities for which I use Cortana. Actually, probably the biggest. You can set one time reminders, recurring reminders, reminders associated with people (remind me to ask Bill how his son is doing next time he calls), reminders based on geolocation AND your geolocation history (remind me to pick up milk next time I'm at the grocery store), and probably more.

35. zelase

Posts: 59; Member since: Apr 20, 2014

Even in Google now and siri u can set reminders, and therefore Google now is best assistant if it has PERSONALITY !!

5. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Microsoft is testing the waters for Android. Best bet is that they'll make a version of it using CM and Nokia.

49. na7noo7

Posts: 278; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

> SVoice

50. Muzhhur

Posts: 261; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

I moved from Windows Phone to Android and Google Now is no match to Cortana, I rather Windows inteligence. I miss Windows phone Contacts admins. When I call my wife with Cortana was just fast and easier to make a call instead of Google now is just a nightmare...

2. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Why not?

7. Arthurhkt

Posts: 726; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Now i wonder will BlackBerry offer their BlackBerry Assistant to iOS and Android or not, but back to the topic, Why Not? Just a try, no harm for that.

8. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I know nothing of this BlackBerry Assistant. Is it comparable to Cortana, Siri, Google Now?

10. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Comparable to Google Now, it's mainly for searching stuffs, doing stuffs, and asking the weather like Google Now.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

You can also use it compose full length emails, texts, BBM's etc. Also for setting reminders. It's quite intuitive, once you work with it a little.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry might offer BlackBerry Assistant to Android, iOS and Windows users in the near future, just like they are offering a "software suite" to them that includes BlackBerry Hub, Calendar, etc.

9. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Even though I have Cortana right in front of me, I find these personal assistants pointless. So no.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

I say yes. I think Cortana is pretty cool.

14. AlikMalix unregistered

iOS s best on iOS devices, Google Now is best on Android devices, Cortana is best on windows devices. Siri is used by more people since it is built into and fully functional when you buy an iOS device. Google now (depending on device) must be installed and chosen instead of s-voice for example, and it can be used on iOS as well. Cortana - not sure - haven't seen a windows phone in a year.

15. Sauce5 unregistered

I just can't stand the gross design, dark colors, and cluster f*** of information thrown at you. Simple and clean like Siri and Google Now is the way to go.

17. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I've never heard of anyone ever using the adjective "gross" to describe a piece of software...

20. Awesoman64

Posts: 292; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

I prefer Siri's approah of design. I don't like Google Now and Cortana's "search engine-like" interface.

22. Penny

Posts: 1860; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

There's very little in the way of design because there's not much to display, and on that same note it is quite objectively not a cluster f--- of information. Comment is entirely off base.

24. Sauce5 unregistered

Design is everything. If you think Cortana is as clean and clear as Google Now or Siri, then your logical thinking is off base.

25. Penny

Posts: 1860; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I didn't say it was as clean as Siri, and even Google Now is a little bit cleaner due to the card format, but Cortana's certainly not the complete mess you seem to be describing. I'm curious to see when you last used it, because it has gone through a few minor changes over time. Oh, also, you can pretty easily change the theme from dark to light. That's pretty much a Windows Phone basic for those who use the OS.

26. Sauce5 unregistered

Interesting point. I haven't used it in like 3 months.

32. sgodsell

Posts: 7456; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I notice you are using the raspberry pi logo. Do you have any raspberry pi's? If so which one(s), and what are you doing with them?

33. airisoverrated

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

I'm really confused by your comments. First off, Cortana follows the windows dark/light setting, so if you don't like it dark, set it to light. Personally I prefer the dark setting as it's easier on the eyes at night and a power saver (on certain screen techs anyway), and the animations are minimal, basically a spinning circle while loading info. Second, look at the picture above. It's pretty clean base screen, much like Siri, whereas Google Now jumps right into the cards which you could argue is less "clean". With Cortana, you swipe up from this screen to get that similar info. And in that mode, Cortana is very similar to Google Now in many respects, just without the "card" material design. By and large there is no ability to set your preferred order for the info it provides in either Cortana or Google Now, so both of those can require some scrolling to get to the particular section of info you're looking for (setting your preferred order of info would be a nice add to both assistants). I will give Google Now this, I do like how it shows your drive time to your next appointment in there right at the top. Cortana puts these notifications into the action center, but it would be well suited in the Cortana info as well. Obviously personal preference is always the driver in these decisions, as iOS, Android, and WP are all similar in many respects, and each have some unique advantages and drawbacks. But right now these 3 platforms have more in common in features and design than ever before. Overall Cortana is a nice assistant with "natural language" commands similar to Siri (Google Now is getting better at this, but was still pretty rigid in what you had to say when I last used it in 4.4), but notification and info features similar to Google Now. I've always liked Cortana, and depending on what features they can implement, it will be a nice option for either Android or iOS.

39. Penny

Posts: 1860; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

This is a very accurate comment in my experience with the three different personal assistants. +1.

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