Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant officially launches on Android

Microsoft has finally released its promised version of its Cortana digital assistant for Android device owners. The app has been in beta testing for some time after Microsoft announced its plans to expand Cortana beyond its Windows platforms earlier this year.

Here's what users can expect from Cortana on Android, according to Microsoft:

  • Set and get location and time reminders across your PC and phone.
  • Track packages, flights, scores, stocks, and other important info across your PC and phone.
  • Use Cortana's Notebook to view, edit and manage your interests
  • Get information and answers to all kinds of questions. If you're looking for it, Cortana can help find it.
  • Have a little fun in your down time — ask anything, get jokes, and much more.

You can download Cortana for Android right now in the Google Play Store. In addition, Microsoft has announced Cortana will be available for the OnePlus One smartphone with its Cyanogen OS with the 12.1.1 over-the-air update is released sometime later in December.

Microsoft plans to expand Cortana to more Cyanogen OS devices in 2016 with a more integrated experience:

The custom integration includes the ability to ask Cortana to toggle network modes, power down your phone, and turn on Quiet Mode amongst other features. With Quiet Mode enabled, all notifications, calls and alarms will be silenced.

John Callaham