Back in January, we learned that Microsoft is investing in Cyanogen, but in April, the company announced a strategic partnership deal to bundle Microsoft apps and services along with its Open OS platform, Cyanogen OS. The latest in this development is that both companies are closely working to deeply integrate Cortana in the next Cyanogen OS. Also Read - Vaio is finally back in India: Launches Vaio E15, SE14 premium sleek laptopsAlso Read - Microsoft Surface Pro 7+ launched with removable SSD, 11th Gen Intel Core processors
During the partnership announcement, Microsoft officials mentioned that Cyanogen OS will include Office, OneDrive, Skype, OneNote and Bing Services. While what sort of Bing Services wasn t known then, it seems like Cortana, which is powered by Bing is a part of it, IB Times reports. Also Read - Today's Tech News: Sony PlayStation 5 pre-orders begin, PUBG Mobile 1.2 update released
“Cyanogen is working with Microsoft to deeply integrate Cortana into the next version of Cyanogen OS. This is key to catapulting Cyanogen into the mass market. Cortana is currently available as an app on Android, but in order for it to make a real difference, it needs to be able to be integrated at the OS level so that its full potential can be leveraged,” Kirt McMaster, Cyanogen CEO told the publication.
Cyanogen believes that Google has too much control over Android. With a custom version of Android, developers will get the ability to integrate their apps and services as a part of core operating system. For instance, the way Google Search and Google Now interacts with the OS, third-party apps cannot. By uncoupling core services from Android Cyanogen OS could be completely free from Google dependencies.
So now, services such as Google Docs can be replaced with Microsoft Office, Google Now can be replaced with Cortana, Google Keep with OneNote, Google Drive with OneNote and so on. Cyanogen had also tied up with TrueCaller to integrate its services within the custom OS. Besides these, Cyanogen OS also brings a whole lot of customization options for the users and developers, giving them complete control over the OS.
Cortana, Microsoft s digital voice assistant is available on Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 10 devices. While the Redmond giant recently released a public beta version of Cortana for Android, the company also plans to bring its voice assistant to iOS sometime later.
Currently, the main problem with third-party voice assistants such as Cortana and Hound is that they can t take an advantage of OS-level integration, like Google Now. This is where Cyanogen s Custom ROM for Android comes into picture, where the company can deeply integrate such services right into the OS. It s not sure how exactly this will pan out, but we will have to wait and seen until any further developments happen.