Cross-platform Cortana apps in the works for Android, iOS
The various voice assistants being offered by the major smartphone platforms aren’t just incredibly impressive pieces of tech that also happen to be enormously useful for busy users; they’re also great ways for the companies behind these services to draw attention to their respective platforms. After all, if you want to talk to Siri, that means buying an iOS device, just as interacting with Cortana means choosing to go with Windows Phone. But that needn’t be a hard-and-fast rule, and at least for Cortana, we’ve been talking about plans for cross-platform access since last year. Now a new report provides specific details about just how that might happen
At first we only had confirmation that Microsoft was thinking about how Cortana might work on non-Windows mobile platforms. And by November, Microsoft was willing to confirm that such an effort was in development – though with no specifics about which platforms might be involved.
Supposedly, Microsoft intends to release stand-alone Cortana apps for both Android and iOS. We don’t have a specific ETA, but the sources behind this intel place the release after the formal arrival of Cortana on the desktop with the public release of Windows 10 later this year.
Beyond the cross-platform availability, we also hear a little about what Microsoft’s doing to enhance Cortana’s performance, by way of an AI project known internally as Einstein. The capabilities mentioned here involve email scraping and sound a bit like what we’ve seen from the likes of Google Now, though that may only be a portion of what Einstein intends to offer.