Microsoft officially launches Cortana on Android

by: Derek ScottDecember 9, 2015
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After a few months of beta testing, Microsoft has finally launched its Cortana digital assistant application on Android. Microsoft launched a closed beta test for the app back in July, then opened it up to the public later in August. Now the voice assistant is available for all to download from the Google Play Store.

With Cortana on Android, you’ll be able to set location and time reminders, track packages, and get all kinds of information and answers whenever you need it. And if you own a Windows 10 PC, Cortana will help you out even more. The voice assistant will allow you to send text message replies from your PC, which will definitely come in handy for many users out there. If you’ve been using Cortana beta for the past few months, there aren’t really any notable new features that come along with this stable release.

Cortana-for-Android-4See also: “Hey Cortana” may give “OK Google” a run for its money on Android21

Additionally, Microsoft has announced that Cortana will be included in the OnePlus One’s upcoming Cyanogen OS 12.1.1 OTA update later in December. This means Cortana on the OnePlus One will be able to toggle network modes, power down your phone, and even turn on Quiet Mode. OnePlus One users will also be able to say “Hey, Cortana” from any screen (even from within another app) and the voice assistant will answer. Other Android users can use this functionality as well, though they need to be in the Cortana app or on their home screens.

Cortana is now available in the Play Store, so hit up the link below if you’re interested! Have you been using Cortana? If so, how are you liking it?

Download Cortana from Google Play
  • p3ncilcase

    aaaand it’s incompatible with the Samsung S6 edge …

  • Jason

    incompatible with Xperia Z3…

  • Nachiketa Ramesh

    Not available in my country apparently.

    • Roby

      There’s a site where you can just download an APK directly to your PC. You just have to provide the Google Play store link. Look for it on Google, just noticed my comment with the direct link is pending for 2 days already >>

      • Nachiketa Ramesh

        I have already. Even when it was in beta. But I shouldn’t have to. Cortana is available for both Windows and Windows Phone in my country.

  • Ian_P

    Incompatible with the OnePlus 2 (Lollipop)

  • Ahti

    Not available here too :/

  • Abhishek Chittoria

    Don’t sweat it guys .. Clicking this link shows your device is not compatible just because it is not available in your country yet. Earlier when i tried to get the beta version it showed it was not compatible but it ran smoothly when i installed it via APK file (Device: samsung galaxy core prime). Wait until it is released for your country.

  • Roger Wiberg

    Not compatible with either of my phones or tablets..
    Starting to hate Playstore..

  • Karly Johnston

    I don’t have an MS account, don’t want one either.