Microsoft To Unleash Cortana On iOS And Android
Reports suggest that Microsoft plans to bring Cortana to Android and iOS, essentially acting as a replacement for Siri and Google Now.
The personal assistant has been running on Windows Phone devices for around a year now, but could it ever really take off on other platforms?
“This kind of technology, which can read and understand email, will play a central role in the next rollout of Cortana, which we are working on now for the fall time frame,”said Microsoft’s Eric Horvitz, managing director of Microsoft Research.
Bringing Cortana to Android makes sense. Android is far more open than iOS, allowing for much better integration of a Cortana app within the Android operating system. Depending on the permissions that users give the app, it could act as a real personal assistant and as a competitor to Google Now.
Could Cortana replace Google Now or Siri? Probably not. For users who can put Cortana to use on Android or iOS, it is likely that it will be in addition to using Google Now or Siri rather than replacing them… [via techtimes]