Microsoft’s Cortana has been talked about more and more, as the feeling of its impending release is upon us. Microsoft originally announced back in May that the personal assistant replacement, would be coming to Android. Then, last month, the APK for the original beta of the Google Now competitor was leaked, but lacked a few options.
Well, the latest version of the APK has been released, and this fixes something that was not previously available. You can now set Cortana to replace Google Now, with the Swipe-Up gesture on the home screen. The other issue that is still around is that you can not activate Cortana by saying “Hey Cortana” or anything like that.
It’s only a matter of time before the voice-activation of Cortana will be coming to our devices. But, of course this is only beta software, so we can’t expect everything to work right out of the gates.
Speaking of beta software and things not working, it seems that Cortana doesn’t really like the 2014 Moto X. Every time I tried to start her up on my stock Moto X 2014, Cortana crashed after a second or two of being open. However, Cortana works perfectly fine on our in-house Moto G 2015. So maybe there’s some type of conflict with Moto Voice that is preventing Cortana from working correctly.
My advice would be, if you really want to use something other than Google Now, just wait for the official version of Cortana to be released.
Source: Phone Arena