Back in May, Microsoft had announced that it will be bringing its digital assistant, Cortana to Android and iOS devices. A leaked build of the app had surfaced last month, but it was in closed beta. Microsoft, in a blog post announced that they have now made the app public for those who want to try it out. Also Read - Hitman Sniper: The Shadows mobile game announced: Agent 47 is missingAlso Read - Forza Horizon 5 available for pre-orders: Price in India, editions and more
Although Cortana for Android has now gone public, there are a few strings attached to it. To begin with, you need to agree to become a beta tester using your Google ID. Once this is done, you ll be able to see the app in the Play Store. However, there s another catch here the app is only available for users in the US. To install Cortana on your phone, it should be running at least Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS and above. Also Read - Everything Xbox and Bethesda showcased during E3 2021: Age of Empires IV, Xbox mini-fridge and more
Cortana for Android beta retains all the functionality as seen in Windows Phone and Windows 10. You can speak up to Cortana and ask her to set alarms and reminders, search the web, start and complete tasks, track flight details and much more. You can also ask Cortana some general knowledge questions, mathematics calculations, ask her to tell a joke or look for places nearby. It is also possible to replace Google Now with Cortana when you long press the Home button.
Still, there are a few things that Cortana for Android cannot do. For instance, you can t toggle settings or open apps. Also, invoking Cortana by saying Hey Cortana , as seen on Windows devices is missing here. However, there are chances that these features may arrive to Android version in future updates.