The closed beta for Microsoft’s voice-enabled assistant Cortana is in full swing on the Android platform. By full swing I mean a select few are testing it out on a select few Android devices. A recent update to the app will now allow users to make Cortana their default assistant on their device.
The current default voice-enabled assistant on the Android platform is Google Now and that used to be the only choice in town. Microsoft-News reports that Cortana version 126.96.36.199 will allow Cortana to completely replace Google Now on an Android device.
Cortana is still in beta so there are some missing features notably the ability to activate the app with voice alone. On Windows 10 PC’s, for example, simply saying “Hey Cortana” will cause Cortana to pay attention to what you say next. Google Now has this functionality now by simply saying “Ok Google” however Microsoft has stated they will continue to roll out updates “over the coming months” that will add more features and functionality to their assistant.