You can now talk to Cortana from your Android lock screen
Earlier this month, Microsoft published an update for Cortana on Android that brought the virtual assistant to the lock screen. The update allowed users to check out their personalized feed and schedule, as well as general information, with just a quick swipe. Cortana wasn't available in all her glory, however; she couldn't answer any questions or respond to spoken commands. Thankfully, those features did not take long to arrive—with today's "above the lock" update, Cortana is now a fully-capable assistant.
This latest update brings Cortana for Android up to par with her Windows counterpart as well as her Google and Apple competitors. Cortana can now answer questions about the weather, news, and sports, as well as most other inquiries, just like Google Assistant or Siri. She can also follow commands, such as opening apps, scheduling tasks, or jotting down notes, all without you ever having to unlock your phone.
The new update also brings improvements to the Cortana home on Android. Upcoming reminders, commute times, and the daily schedule are now available at a glance; the ability to add reminders and new calendar items has been added. In addition, it's easier than ever to view and edit lists.
Finally, both the Android and iOS Cortana apps are now available in Australia, meaning that any Aussie with a smartphone can now take advantage of the virtual assistant's improved features.