Microsoft releases ‘Cortana’ versions for iOS, Android, and Cyanogen devices

Microsoft releases ‘Cortana’ versions for iOS, Android, and Cyanogen devices

In a recent announcement, Microsoft has revealed that it expanding the availability of its ‘Cortana’ personal digital assistant to more mobile devices.

The announcement by Microsoft implies that the company is keeping the promise which it made in May to make the Cortana experience available to users across mobile devices as well as PCs. Towards that end, Microsoft had committed in May that it will launch Cortana versions for iOS, Android, and Cyanogen devices, in addition to Windows 10 PCs on which Cortana was first introduced.

According to the announcement made by Microsoft, the Cortana app is now available in the US and China for iPhone models with iOS 8 and higher; and for Android devices running Android OS version 4.1.2 and up.

In addition, Microsoft has also revealed that the Cortana functionality will be made available for the US users of One Plus One handsets -- powered by the Android-based Cyanogen OS -- later this month, through a 12.1.1 over-the-air update.

About Microsoft’s move to expand Cortana availability to more mobile devices, Marcus Ash -- group program manager for Cortana -- said in a Thursday blog post that “Cortana was created to be a truly personal digital assistant -- available on the go, no matter where or when you need help, and on whatever device you carry;” and added: “That’s why it’s important to us that we bring Cortana to not only the Windows 10 ecosystem, but to other platforms.”