Microsoft’s Cortana may soon be activated by a voice command
Though Cortana itself is getting better by the day, actually firing up the voice assistant is not as simple. You have to either hold down the search button, or use a live tile, which significantly slows the process of quickly getting information. New information from Microsoft employee Marcus Ash suggests that the company is working on a voice-activated Cortana for the future.
Windows Phone products rocking always-on Cortana would find themselves in the same league as the Moto X in the sense that a voice assistant would be always available. There are a couple drawbacks, however, to having this voice activation feature — Ash and his team have to develop a way to single out a user’s voice, as opposed to what happened in the latest Xbox One commercial (read: a Breaking Bad actor turned on Xbox One devices everywhere by shouting it during an ad).
Power concerns are also present, which has us thinking only devices with a Snapdragon 800 processor or better will be able to take advantage, because of that chip line’s touted always-on capabilities.
We don’t know if and when this will come to fruition, but Microsoft certainly seems hard at work.