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August 25, 2015

Microsoft’s Cortana arrives on Android

The beta version is available only in the US.

By CBR Staff Writer

Microsoft has released a beta version of its Cortana digital assistant app for Android devices in the US. Users will, however, have to sign up for the public beta.

Microsoft’s Susan Hendrich said in a blog post: "The Cortana app on Android is the companion to your Windows 10 PC, extending Cortana’s functionality across any device you carry, everywhere you go.

"The Cortana app can do most of the things Cortana does on your PC or on a Windows phone."

It can help users manage their schedule through reminders and notifications, track flight data, and search the web on the go.

Microsoft revealed its plans to launch Cortana on Android and iOS devices in May.

The company has made improvements to its closed beta version, for users to set the app as a destination for the home button press.

However, the app on Android does not have a few features available on Cortana for Windows.

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The company said toggling settings, opening apps or invoking Cortana hands-free by saying ‘Hey Cortana’ are only available on Windows for now.

The app may come up with some more features based on user feedback.

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