Microsoft Is Bringing Cortana To Android Lock Screen In Upcoming Update
Digital assistants are getting increasingly popular nowadays. There are many of them including Google's Assistant, Amazon's Alexa and additionally Microsoft's Cortana. As Windows phones aren't generally popular, Microsoft debuted its advanced Digital Assistant on Android at the end of year 2015 with expectations of extending its user base.
As indicated by a report from MSPoweruser, Microsoft is presently attempting to make Cortana readily available to Android users. The digital assistant, which got a crisp new look about a month prior, will soon be accessible from your Android phone's lock screen. By swiping either left or right, users will be able to launch Cortana and ask her to do a variety of tasks.
Microsoft's advanced digital assistant is equipped for opening applications, setting alerts, browsing the internet, making calls, sending messages, and more in light of voice commands.
The report also points out that once you open the updated Cortana app on your smartphone, you will get a prompt message asking permission to enable 'Cortana on the lock screen'. By tapping on 'Add Cortana to my lock screen', you will create a shortcut for Cortana on the lock screen. After the setting-up process is complete, you will see Cortana logo at the bottom of your lock screen. To access it, you will just have to swipe left/right to wake up the digital assistant quickly.
As of now, Microsoft is testing to perceive how well its digital assistant functions for the Android users who have agreed to take part in the beta testing program. Along these lines, the AI assistant is most likely to make an appearance on your phone's lock screen with the next update, albeit no particular dates have been specified by Microsoft yet.
Besides, the inclusion of Cortana on lock screen won't replace the existing lock screen on Android phone. Users will still be able to use the custom or default lock screen on their Android phones. The new feature is presently in the beta phase and is available on Google Play.
For the users who want to try it now, you can sign up for the beta testing program here. Let us know if you find it impressive!