Cortana coming to Android and iOS as an app
Microsoft is making a big move to make Cortana available for Android and iOS devices. Cortana has Siri as its competitor, but Microsoft seems to have enough courage making it a universal feature that can be used on any smartphone and tablet.
Windows 10 PCs and Windows phones will come along with Cortana feature, but Android and iOS users will have to install an app to use Cortana. However, Android and iOS users will not be able to use full features of Cortana because there are features that will need system access what Microsoft’s Cortana will not have on those platforms. iPhone’s jailbreak devices and Android rooted devices can help Cortana to work better (though Microsoft has said nothing about it), but that can’t be taken for sure unless Cortana app is official.
What Microsoft says about Cortana restrictions on Android and iOS? Read it in Microsoft’s word:
Although the functionality (Cortana) will be very helpful, because it’s “just an app” there will be certain things that Cortana does on Windows phones that won’t work on Android devices or iPhones. Some features require access to the system that aren’t currently possible with iOS or Android, so things like toggling settings or opening apps won’t initially be available in the Cortana companions for those platforms. Similarly, the ability to invoke Cortana hands-free by saying “Hey Cortana” requires special integration with the device’s microphone, so that feature will be limited to Windows Phones and PCs.
Well, in this situation iOS users would prefer Siri to Coratana according to my assumption, but Android users will love the feature, because they don’t have anything like Cortana or Siri.
When Cortana will hit Android and iOS?
Android users will have Official Cortana app at the end of June, and iOS users will have the app later this year.