Cortana Gets a Major Update on Android and iOS

Posted on October 20, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Android, Cloud, iOS, Mobile with 18 Comments

Cortana Gets a Major Update on Android and iOS

Microsoft has issued a major update to Cortana on Android iOS. It offers a new look and feel and better integration with smart speakers like the Invoke.

The release appears to be timed to the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, and there is a prominent “Continue your tasks on PC” card at the top of the Upcoming view to help get you started with this new cross-platform functionality.

The Devices view, available from the hamburger menu, is now lighting up because I have an Invoke. When selected, you can navigate between your history of voice commands, which is kind of interesting, the music that is or was last playing, and device settings.

According to the release notes, the following changed were made in Cortana 2.9 on Android and Cortana 2.6 on iOS.

  • A fresh new look with a simpler and improved user experience
  • It’s now easier and faster to create reminders to help you stay on top of things
  • Redesigned profile and settings page to easily manage your preferences

  • Improved performance particularly faster page transitions and app responsiveness
  • Regular bug fixes and performance improvements

Looks good to me. I’m going to write about replacing Google Assistant with Cortana on Android soon.


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