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Android users can now have Microsoft's Cortana as their default assistant

Microsoft's Cortana is now accessible directly from the home screen for Android users. (Source: Microsoft)
Microsoft's Cortana is now accessible directly from the home screen for Android users. (Source: Microsoft)
With the latest update to its Android application, Cortana can now be set to the default search assistant. This means Android users now have the option of replacing Google Assistant, with direct access to Cortana from the home screen.

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Microsoft Windows 10 users are no doubt familiar with the company’s digital assistant Cortana. The platform has even seen its way to not only Windows mobile devices running Windows 8.1 or later, but also to devices running iOS and Android as well. Now, the latest update (v2.8) to the Android application allows users to replace Google Assistant with Cortana as the default search assistant.

Android users could interact with Cortana from the lock screen since March, but with the latest update accessing the assistant has become even easier. By simply long-pressing on the home button and swiping up (an action typically reserved for launching Google Assistant) users can now launch directly into Cortana.

If you’ve been thinking of making the switch to Cortana, or enjoying using it on your Windows device, now might be a good chance to try it out on Android as well. If you’re installing the assistant for the first time, you’ll be greeted with a simple set-up process. Then, to access the application from the home screen, you’ll be prompted to change the default “Assist app” from the "Assist & voice input" portion of the device settings menu.

Whether you prefer Google Assistant, Cortana, or even Samsung’s assistant included with the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, Bixby, Android users are being given more choice in how they can access their preferred application. With the latest integrating update to Cortana, you might even think that it was included as part of the device.

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Sebastian Eifrid, 2017-06-17 (Update: 2017-06-17)
Sebastian Eifrid
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I am a writer with a passion for foreign language. I dream of one day becoming a polyglot. When I'm not perusing through my ever-growing backlog of books, I can usually be found tinkering with PC hardware and other gadgets. I enjoy trying to get old hardware to run newer programs and experimenting with various operating systems.