Cyanogen OS working on adding deep Cortana integration

Cyanogen may be synonymous with Android – and more specifically, custom Android-based ROMs – but earlier this year we learned about an interesting partnership that was coming together, as Microsoft and Cyanogen Inc. signed a deal that would see Microsoft apps and services appear on Cyanogen OS devices. At the time, we were understandably curious about just where that pairing would lead, and today we’re hearing about one very interesting development that could be about to spring from that collaboration, with Cyanogen OS picking up tight Cortana integration.

While Cortana is available as an Android app, Google’s control of the platform prevents Cortana from enjoying the same level of deep platform connectedness as it has on Windows Phone – this is why you can’t say “hey, Cortana” on Android the same way you can with “OK, Google.” In a new interview, Cyanogen’s Kirt McMaster reveals that his company has been working with Microsoft to overcome that kind of limitation, by baking Cortana right in to a future Cyanogen OS release.

Exactly how this might work isn’t yet clear, but McMaster is adamant that the future of Cyanogen OS is in giving users alternatives to Google products and services, and this partnership with Microsoft should help the company do just that.

As of now there’s no firm ETA on Cortana integration with Cyanogen OS, but we imagine we’ll be hearing a lot more about this effort soon.

Source: International Business Times
Via: Windows Central

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