Have an Android smartphone, but prefer Microsoft’s Cortana voice assistant to Google’s? Now you can set it as your default assistant app.

The latest version of Cortana for Android lets you bring up Microsoft’s app instead of Google Assistant when you long-press the home key on your phone.

Once everything is set up, it basically makes Cortana feel more like a system app, which could come in handy if you’re deeply tied into Microsoft’s software ecosystem. In addition to providing answers to questions, Cortana can do things like sync your smartphone notifications with a Windows 10 desktop.

One thing you can’t do is launch Cortana using only your voice. You’ll still need to open the app manually. It’s just easier to do that now.

With market share for Windows phone continuing to shrink, Android smartphones may be the next-best thing for fans of Windows software. In addition to Cortana, Microsoft offers Android versions of Office, Outlook, and many of its other most popular apps.

via Android Police

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12 replies on “Now you can make Cortana your default assistant on Android”

  1. No thanks?

    Everything is already spyware hell without voluntarily loading more garbage software listening to your every word…

  2. Why in the world would I want to change from one slimy, spying corporation who’s software works fairly well to another slimy spying corporation who’s software always has snags and issues?

    I’m no lover of Greedle or Crapple, but I ain’t switching to Microshaft…

  3. I think I would rather have Google Assistant running on my Windows machine.

  4. Never really used cortana… Pretty sure I used a hack to block all the spyware from M$ about 15 seconds after install, so not sure why anyone would want that crap on their phone when they have OK GOOGLE…

        1. Maybe they just understand the difference between considered comments and paranoid…

    1. Yeah, what else does Microshaft have on their mind these days?

      Can’t wait till Crapple makes their spyware available on Android, so we can feed all three of them corrupted information with the help of some brilliant, yet to be created Android app that produces tons of nonsensical user data to upload…

  5. Not sure there are that many people who prefer Cortana over Google’s offering. Maybe those who don’t want Google to know everything about them? At least Cortana has a cool name.

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