Microsoft Brings Cortana To Android, Aims To Replace Google Now

Microsoft Brings Cortana To Android, Aims To Replace Google Now
Nokia Lumia 635 Cortana Helping Bhupinder Nayyar / Flickr CC BY 2.0

Android users have get a chance to use Cortana on their mobile phones instead of Google Now. Microsoft, the all-time rival of Google, has disclosed its plans to launch Cortana on Android devices.


While Google Now is a business-like application, Cortana is a friendly one which offers to solve all the queries of the user. The latest beta,, allows the user to activate Cortana instead of Google Now. This can be done just by pressing and holding the home button on the Android device.

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There are certain things that are going to change with Cortana for Android. It depends on Bing search and thus the result will be derived from Bing instead of Google. This can mean an end-run for Google search for all those Android users who would love to use Cortana.

The app is currently presented as a third party app in its beta version.

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Cortana still needs some improvements for Android usage. The voice activation feature is still missing but Microsoft may get it corrected before the public launch.

Cortana for Android will bring the entire features it has for Microsoft. However, the beta testing is provided to Microsoft insiders or a selected few. You will not get Cortana on the Play Store for the time being. However, you may wait for some time to let Microsoft end the tests and present the personal assistant for Android.

Microsoft is all set to give a good challenge to Google with its Cortana.

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