Google Assistant is one of the most important features in all Android smartphones. For iPhones, you have the Siri. But in this feature, Microsoft was the one that lay behind Android and iOS. Cortana did not have much success on Windows 10 platform. And this is why Microsoft announced Cortana would get a redesign as a smartphone application. Microsoft is focused on making a quicker and easier Cortana for users. Cortana last year on the Android and iOS had a black and white interface. And it was not very different from the PC version. You could set up reminders, check out the web, track the flights. Also, you can perform the same voice-powered searches on Windows 10. So it was nothing new at that time.
Major updates made in Cortana
But the larger goal with Cortana now is connecting the Microsoft account. It includes the Notebook, personal interests and other settings throughout the device. And it will not be limited by these features only. It was recently updated in the Google Search App. Yes, we agree that Cortana cannot offer the features that Google Assistant offers now. But it can track up the missed calls, help you in managing the schedule and remind you in doing things. Also, it can look up for information. On Android, you can also start up with searches like “Hey Cortana.”
The new appearance and quick actions of Cortana
The older version of Cortana’s circular blue logo will come over the home screen’s main news feed. It will bring over any other personal updates like weather, health, etc. So, you stay updated with your regular activities. For a particular action, like placing any reminders, sending any form of texts, it is easy. All you need to do is tap a button to the left of the search box. With Cortana updates, you can get the “quick actions.” The immediate actions have a more prominent position in Cortana now. The things that you do most or regularly, you can access them quickly. For example, viewing your day, setting the reminders, checkup the meetings and read news updates. These features are brought to the front.
Change of themes
The black and white theme is gone. Now you will get the check the purple theme. It is one of the most noticeable changes considering the app update. Now, when you ask for information, it presents in a cleaner layout. It offers full page answers now for easy and more information. Microsoft also made speed improvements. It is why the app feels faster than before. These updates are available right now on Android devices. And for the iOS devices, these updates will be offered in the next week.