Microsoft: Cortana for Android beta will launch 'publicly in the next few weeks'

A few hours after a private beta of Cortana for Android was leaked to the Internet, Microsoft has now sent out a new statement saying that the official public beta for the digital assistant will be made available for Android owners sometime "in the next few weeks".

The leaked version of the beta actually came from a unknown member of Microsoft's Windows Insider program. According to ZDNet, an email sent to members of the program that are testing Windows 10 asked them to take a survey, after which a limited number of people got selected in the US and China to download the Android Cortana beta.

Today, ZDNet received a statement from Microsoft after the beta was leaked:

"In the spirit of the Windows Insider Program, we're testing the Cortana for Android beta with a limited number of users in the U.S. and China before releasing the beta publicly in the next few weeks."

The Microsoft Answers forum has a link to that short survey (opens in new tab) for anyone who is interested in being selected for the private Android beta. Microsoft also plans to release a version of Cortana for iOS sometime later in 2015.

Source: ZDNet

45 Comments
  • Google Now works just fine... Posted via Android Central App
  • Well, more options are never a bad thing. Besides, Google Now isn't necessarily what I'd consider a voice assistant as its functionality expands much further than what voice assistants are designed to do Cynicism Evolved
  • I disagree.
    I feel Cortana does most things better. I doubt it will integrate as well as Google Now does. It will be interesting to see it on Android.
  • Google now works fine for me Earlier today, I was grilling and wanted to set a timer. Double tap the screen, "okay Google...set a timer"
    Response: "how long do you want the timer for?" I replied, it started automatically. Smooth Posted via...The One
  • It doesn't do much better at all. Google Now is much more precise, Cortana is very hit and miss. Google Now also has more functionality than Cortana, though Cortana has the 'chatting' back to you going for it, which gets dull very quickly
  • At the very few things it does. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It works pretty wel on my Note 4! Posted via the Android Central App with my Note 4.
  • https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4PACBShYExcbjdtUlVPTWRUX1E/view Posted via the Android Central App
  • Link is dead Posted via the Android Central App
  • Should be OK just tried clicking myself and went to download? Posted via the Android Central App
  • I got it. Thanks Posted via the Android Central App
  • This is why I love Android. Posted via the Android Central App
  • http://www.droid-life.com/2015/07/17/cortana-for-android-leaks-early-ava... Droid life has the apk at their site Cortana works great and with sound on a N6 5.1.1
  • Link's no good. Google message says too many downloads lol. Thx though. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I can't download the link, what's it about? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Give it a try hope I'm aloud to post this lol :-) Posted via the Android Central App
  • Just tried this out on my M8 and it works well despite being a private beta. Can't wait for the public release Cynicism Evolved
  • I am using it from past 3 days Posted via the Android Central App
  • But will it work with my MS Band. *Goes back to read* Posted via the Android Central App
  • Good question! Posted via the Android Central App
  • I don't talk to my phone, since I don't even like talking on my phone. I've used both Google Now and Cortana for my interests, such as sports scores, only. I don't notice either being much different for managing interests. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Interest no. Assistant I found Cortana does a better job Posted via the Android Central App
  • Such as? Posted via the Android Central App
  • I use a 1520 and Note 4. Cortana is great. The .apk is all over the place...works great on my Note 4! Give it a go, I like i better than Google Now...
  • I like Cortana for reminders but everything else Google Now is better. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Google now is actually much better at reminders for me. It actually reminds you at the store/place you want it to. Cortana is a bit hit and miss. It also pops a reminder on your PC as well as your phone.
  • Works really well on my Moto G 2014 running CM12.1.
  • Link is no good bummer Posted via the Android Central App
  • Was able to download/install on my Note 4. Only used it briefly for a few basic requests ie. weather, alarm, etc & it performed well. I am just really liking my Google voice since it's working sooo smoothly now! Posted By MY Next Big Thing, The Galaxy Note 4!
  • Prefer the normal search over any assistant. Voice is disabled; type-only. Posted.
  • I have it. The apk beta. It's okay. Good ol Cortana but its a big laggy and slow. Posted via the Android Central App on my Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 2013
  • Good luck competing against Google Now Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yeah because man it sucks only have like, what, a billion customers about to get windows 10 with Cortana on it? or Xbox One with Cortana? yeah, good luck competing with Microsoft... I mean google.
  • LoL Posted via the Android Central App
  • http://www.apkmirror.com/apk/microsoft-corporation/cortana/cortana-20150... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Microsoft has certainly taken a 'destroy from within' approach. They cannot sell many phones so they are slowly getting people hooked on the ecosystem in hopes that down the road you will buy a phone that has it all tied together. Novel approach Sent via carrier duck. They were out of pigeons
  • Just installed the apk on my One M9. Tells me jokes just as well my my lumia did. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I use Nova Launcher and have set up a gesture - swipe up on the home screen - to launch Cortana. Feels quite integrated launching it this way, not much different to the swipe from the home button to launch Google Now.
  • Why does anyone care when Google Now is gonna be integrated into OS while Cortona is a app Posted via the Android Central App
  • Ahh, the old Nexus 4. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I installed it on one of my phones and it is work just fine. WP is pretty much dead. Posted via my ZenFone 2 with 4GB RAM!
  • How can windows phone dead when Windows 10 as a universal OS will be installed on billions of computers worldwide and Xbox one. Developers will need to start pulling their fingers out and will be forced to make apps for windows phone, even Google. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You know, looks promising and all, but I don't see the point of using it unless I change from Ubuntu to windows 10. In my opinion google is missing out not giving google now more space on chrome desktop, and it was a clever move from microsoft to bring cortana to other platforms since it will be on people's PC already.
  • It's always great to have options, more power to the users. I also noticed that they used a Nexus 4 for the renders! Posted via the Android Central App on my Nexus 4
  • I love it. A lot better than Google Now. Posted via the Android Central App