Cortana for Android beta impressions and images get leaked

Microsoft announced its plans to offer its Cortana digital assistant to Android devices earlier this year. Now a website has posted their impressions and images of a closed beta version Cortana running on Android.

The site, Techweez, says that it ran the Cortana beta on a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 running on Android 4.4.2 KitKat. It claims that the beta version was stable with no bugs discovered. It add:

"Though what we interacted with is not the final version, it functions as expected. Loading it up, it quickly presented me with weather information that was pretty much in line with my beloved Weather Timeline's forecasts and does the basics really well, just like on Windows Phone. Creating notes, setting up the alarm clock and of course the best part is asking Cortana random things."

Microsoft has said that a open beta version of Cortana will be launched for all Android owners sometime later in July. This article also has links to an APK download of the beta, but we will not provide direct links to this file.

Thanks to Ken and Martin for the tips!

Source: Techweez

245 Comments
  • WTF Microsoft......keep something exclusive for us
  • +625 ..LOL
  • u know what could be worse? WP Version of Cortana is just a port from Android. hahahaha
  • Well, I guess the idea is that it gives potential people who switch platforms less to miss about their previous platform... I don't really see the return being as significant as keeping it exclusive, but MS does.... Also, MS doesn't want Cortana as directly related to WM10, or WP.. They are positioning it as a W10 thing, so everyone should be able to take it with them no matter what kind of phone is used.... So, in a sense the phone doesn't matter,, and WP definitely doesn't matter here, with good reason. MS has to build W10 first then maybe by the grace of god WP can get some scraps.. That's the whole damn plan..
  • Lack of dev support is your exclusivity.
  • This^^!
  • Android/iOS apps are coming to Windows 10 Mobile, but this was a secret, that Microsoft revealed just recently. This technology was just announced by Microsoft about 2 months ago, however it is successful with apps like King's Candy Crush since it uses the iOS build but with Microsoft's compiler tools it was ported to Windows Phone last year.
  • Haha good one
  • LOL
  • Lol great burn!
  • Lol
  • Hahahaa, correct !
  • There's no point to have Cortana on my PC if I don't have on my phone. They can't force me to buy a Windows Phone to use all features on my PC. Also MS *NEEDS* to put their environment everywhere.
  • This not only includes Android folks, it also includes iOS users, I'm sure Cortana is better than Siri and many iPhone users will use Cortana too. I wish the best for Windows Mobile, I really do, wish someday it has greater marketshare than iOS, but right now Microsoft can take advantage on existing iOS/Android users with Cortana since it will make good use of Azure's services on a really big scale.
  • Exactly. Also they need to sign in with MS Account (<<-- more users)
  • It is better than siri, but apple keeps their api's locked up tight as a drum. There will be very little fruitful integration between apple and Cortana. It will be a lot more robust on Android. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • It won't be baked in like Siri
  • No is not better is a disaster sometimes get incoherent answers like if ask a question sometimes suddenly ask me I have a information that might be useful, open the mic for nothing and get no answer
  • They can't force you to buy a windows phone. But yet you should.
  • I already have one. And I think it's nice MS making all their apps multi platform. It sucks when Google ignore us right? Why MS would do such a thing? It's a BAD thing.
  • Microsoft is not selling software anymore, this is not the 1990's or 2000's decade where software companies sold software licenses, Microsoft now gets income from software subscriptions (Office 365, Skype, Xbox Music, Xbox Live) but also Microsoft is now getting income from Bing. Do you really like to live in a world dominated by Google's search monopoly? I don't, and I'm glad Bing is not on red numbers anymore. Cortana will be powered by Bing and that will help Bing marketshare to grow since there are a lot of Android users out there wanting to taste something different, so that will cause Bing revenue to grow next year.
  • But bing is a disaster in Chile, if were as good as Google would abandon Google but don't get the expected results in bing, , now if Cortland and bing is not improved then the version and functionality of cosrtana will be greatly damaged in fact the spanksh version of cortana is not that great in fact get incoherent answers and there are things that are pretty undeveloped like ask how tall is x or etc
  • Cortana on iOS/Android won't be as good as Windows because they won't be able to have the deep integration.  It's moore of a Bing search engine with Cortana's personality on top.  To get the best experience, get a Windows device :)
  • And to get the best of microsoft services and apps, never get a windows device,because they'll always give the best to others first.. Just take how pathetic is skype for example...
  • Here's a news flash for you, Skype is no better on Android either!!!!
  • Neither is OneDrive or Xbox Music... and email in Windows 10 Mobile is better than in Android too. I don't know what these people are talking about who keep saying Microsoft's apps are better on Android.
  • Skype certainly is better on Android than on Windows Phone.  Really, if you used both products, I'm dumbfounded at how you can arrive at another conclusion.  Skype on iOS is... even better than the Android version.
  • At least skype on android gives notifications, unlike in wp.. I've used a nexus 4 and i am comparing it with lumia 640
  • And Microsoft so called followed will constable constantly cry, so definitely don't get a windows phone if you don't like noise
  • And when Windows 10 arrives and gains more apo integration than iOS or Android then you should compare again!
  • Care to explain? Everything Cortana does now could be done better on Android.
    Microsoft needs to step up Windows
  • Its pretty damn good on my Android M9. Except for the "Hey Cortana" and the live tile (maybe a widget will become available soon) it pulled all my info from my WP. So interests, reminders, events, everything is in there now... rocks!! The menu is very much like the W10 mobile version..slick!!
  • Just wait and see how well they will be able to integrate it into android making windows 10 mobile integration look like a fool
  • that's the whole point:)) to switch!
  • With Microsoft, I can never boast of anything to my friends. All that I got, they also have...even better than mine yet I say I'm a Microsoft fan boy. CLUSTERFUCK!!!
  • How is Cortana better on Android than on WP?
  • Do you use windows phone so, you can boast to your friend?
  • More phone choices for us now! Every phone is a Windows Phone!
  • there is exclusive for you ... Windows phone :) enjoy it 
  • And this beta will become a public version much before on other OS than we can get us to move ahead from even alpha.. Whatever reports were there of Cortana having new options in interests in India are now gone, and we are back to just news and weather.. "Oh you use our products on our own OS, then we'll definitely ignore you, give you sub standard softwares and apps, and yes, why keep anything as exclusive for you people!"
  • You do realise the reason it isn't able to roll out to multiple regions quickly is because there aren't enough users to feed information to it. Once Cortana is on Android and iOS it will speed up the rollout to more and more countries. That is good for everyone using it. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • It will not help. MS has not yet even expanded bing outside US, why will they do this?
  • Eh, at this point, who cares.
  • None of these whining idiots read Jason Ward's article that been posted today.. Oh god.. these kind of fools are the curse of WP ,not lack of apps..
  • Calm down Nancy
  • I guess Jason Ward is the ruler of the universe so people must listen to what he says? Or the reality that he's just another person stating his opinion?
  • Exclusivity is useful against an ignorant market when you have no innovation. When your ability innovate and adapt matures, exclusivity is not required and will be a liability in a evolving market. Basically we are leaving the crib and trying to not behave like terrified children, generally speaking
  • The hamburger menu is not innovation, mate.
  • No but it's more familiar to most people. Partly the same reason why people didn't get on with Windows 8. They've taken a step back with 10 as people still want something that feels familiar. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Baby steps, think what if Google first launched Android before Chrome browser and before anyone knew who Google was. You think anyone will use it? Nope! They penetrated Windows systems first because its the biggest market. And once they got popular they eventually ventured out to different places such as their own platforms (Android/Chrome /OS).
  • Cortana beta? Now android users would be laughing at how pathetic this cortana is outside US
  • The more people who use Bing & Cortana, regardless of which OS, the better she & Bing will get. Plus Cortana & Bing will become more awesome EVEN FASTER! Not to mention that Bing will get even more use/searches, and Microsoft will make more money off that.
  • No. Microsoft is a software company first and foremost. If Windows phone fails, they want to have established their software as a part of the mobile world, ie Microsoft word m
  • I'm gonna roll on the floor laughing the moment Cortana is available to Android users in most regions before WP users of said regions
  • I think it's good to be the service for everyone but Joe said, WP will always have the better Cortana.
  • Nooooooooooo, !!!!!!
  • *sigh* got to admit it looks beautiful
  • LOL... it's looks exactly like on Windows... minus the ugly Android status bar at the top.
  • Exactly...Something android doesn't deserve... XD
  • Yeah, no matter what your opinion on Android is, you have to admit that the status bar is a mess!
  • I'm shocked at how useless that thing is. I appreciate the elegance and simplicity of live tiles so much more after using Android.
  • OMG that status bar is so Android....just messy!
  • Everything microsoft does..takes us close tO Android... Why i will buy a windows phone? Reasons decreasing
  • Because I still like the damn os. Who gives a shit. Use what you like. Wtf is wrong with everyone??
  • Thank youuuuuu
  • Yea what he said ^^^ if I actually like any other Os I'd be using it . Android I'd only use on a tablet and if it's going have a bunch of WP apps im as happy as a iPhone user with all their google apps they have.
  • This!
  • Bravo sir. I'm writing this from a G4 and can tell you I like the hardware but the OS stinks. Same when I've used other Android phones too. Always go back to my Lumia as it just functions better even on older hardware. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • This^^^ soooooo this^
  • Cortana on Android is very limited.  It's essentially just a search engine with a few basic reminders.  They can't do deep integration on Android, so Windows will have the best experience.
  • If Microsoft teams up with Cyanogen and makes Windowsphone UI as Custom ROM , then I will buy an Android with different OEM and Phone model choices and root it with Microsoft's Windowsphone UI ... So I don't have to beg for using Snapdragon 410 or 616 or 600 processor and 2GB RAM ... And additionally I can also use Google Now , Hound and all Google services
  • Our just downloaded any number of the Windows 10 live tile apps in the store to reskin your OS.
  • That's throwing the towel, only when Windows Phone is officially dead that will happen, but there are 2 flagships coming this Fall, and I'm pretty sure Windows Mobile will have greater marketshare than Tizen, BlackBerry, JollaOS, Ubuntu and a new Mobile OS Russia announced.
  • that's why I made a move to android ... I use all msft services on android and they have better quality compared to WP. I never cared about cortana ... but its now available so I will donwload it
  • You're not getting Cortana. You're getting something labeled Cortana
  • that will work for me ... even if it doesnt don't care ...not big fan of this talking electronic assistants. 
  • Cortana n office are the things i boast off to my freinds.. I love my os.. But need things they dont hve
  • I'm curious: Why do you boast about a feature on your phone?
  • Agree.  There are too many things in life more important than pushing a phone platform.  I don't even talk about phones anymore.  I've grown out of that...
  • My problem is, I love the LIVE Tiles. However I'm currently "looking" at the iPhone 6+ and the iPhone 6 for my daughter. After the launch of Windows 10 and I don't see the App Store dramatically increase in quantity and quality, then I'm out.
    Why would I continue to be loyal when Microsoft is Not loyal to its Customers and not its Workers. They just spent over 5 Billion to acquire a Company on the verge of profitability, only to layoff almost all the staff (more than 15,000 I think).
    If Windows 10 fails to ignite Apple & Android Developers, then it's Deuces.
  • Live tiles? The beautiful, fluid whole OS? Better Xbox integration? Better Windows 10 integration (& it's built in)? Game streaming to devices (aka play Xbox from you W10 device)?
  • XBox integration doesn't matter if you don't have an Xbox.  In that situation, it's just bloatware.  More people have Playstations these days, and you can stream to a Playstation TV (cheap) or Vita no problem. Really, the only reason why I want Windows 10 is to get rid of the Start Screen and get the Start Menu back.  I will uninstall most of the Metro apps, anyways.  I don't have an XBox, and this isn't going to make me want one. How great an OS is is your opinion, so no one can really argue with that - just point out that fact. But for many people, XBox isn't even a consideration when considering Windows 10, and for even more people, the only reason they'll upgrade is because it's a free upgrade anyways.
  • So Windows phone is dead now
  • Your brain is real 'firewalled'...nothing goes into it and comes out of it easily... There have been number of articles and discussions saying that it won't be affecting wp much...
  • looooool THAT one is baaaaaad! Your brain is real firewalled. lol
  • Cortana on Android is very limited.  It's essentially just a search engine with a few basic reminders.  They can't do deep integration on Android, so Windows will have the best experience.  You can't just think it's dead because of that.  In fact, this will be a good gateway to Windows.
  • and I am willing to bet it will get improved on both Android and Apple in due time nobody will use them if they don't improve on each platform. It won't be a gateway for many because of the continued lack of Apps and the lack of high end phones that continue to be upgraded without having to purchase a new one whenever they upgrade the OS. They need to follow Apple's lead and look at people's current products in their hot little hands and make everything talk to one another. I went back to Apple and in September even the lowest form of their iPhones will be compatible with the ios 9 as will all models of their iPads which is something I don't see happening with Windows starting with the 1020 and the fact that the Nokia 2520 will never see Windows 10
  • Still beats BlackBerry, WebOS, Ubuntu, Tizen, Jolla, and other minor mobile OSes which are still under feature phones (Symbian, etc). So no, its not dead, stop the FUD.
  • I agree that it's not dead. But mentioned those OSes doesn't real make for a great argument
  • well msft is trying hard to kill it :) not dead yet but it will be soon
  • No they're not you're talking rubbish. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • @ASPDEV WP division has been trimmed and new models on the way. WP will now follow the Surface strategy which made a massive loss but is now a profit maker. WP does not need a massive market share to make a profit, just as the Surface doesn't. WP with new models and Windows 10 following the Surface strategy will make a profit within 2 years. WP is and will be as live as its Live Tiles for a long time to come. Microsoft will ensure that happens.
  • Only observing the "keep exclusive" crying rage people
  • Because there's people that think that anybody will be buying a phone because it has "Cortana" smh
  • Yes people did here in my circle because they wanted to use CORTANA...
  • That's a pretty low bar to set
  • They did? Damn it's just a thing on the phone xd nothing life changing.
  • You do understand that people buy phones based on what functionality they have, right?
  • I mean yes. They bought phones as lowly as 530 and as high as 930 for it..
  • Yeah lots of people clearly jumped on the Windows Phone bandwagon for Cortana. 3% FTW! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • They said that non windows users will have a second class experience what ever that means
  • It means that Cortana on iOS and Android will be very limited.  It's essentially just a search engine with Cortana's personality with a few basic reminder features.  It won't have the deep integration that Windows has, so Windows will always have the best experience because they have more control what she can do.
  • That means that Cortana on android or ios will most likely never be able to have the deep integration that WP users enjoy. It will always be just an app. Apple and google will never allow users to choose Cortana over Siri or google now as a default assistant, as in you will never be able to hold the home button on an iPhone and have Cortana pop up instead of Siri. Also, Cortana will probably be limited in what she can do compared to what she can do on a windows phone
  • and you believe that? If they want to bring over more people to Windows they will need to make it entice them, and then find a way to keep them, Cortana was a jewel on my 1020 but then without apps that everyone has I left. I had a Android Phone for a bit I really liked it, it worked better with the Microsoft Band then the 1020 ever did. But if you don't give other users are fair taste of Cortana it will be very hard to get more users to the mobile platform
  • And if Google made an app for us, it would have tons of bugs!
  • Google makes app for Windows users,but is called Chrome and only works for desktop and tablets, but that is a disadvantage for Google since Edge browser has shown its much faster than Chrome on recent benchmarks. Most people in Windows 10 will switch to Edge since its faster, unless Google does something to improve the lag on Chrome.
  • oh come on first off we can't just do that where I work, and I doubt that we will see Edge in this office because nobody has laid a hand on Windows 10 and without it being tested for at least a year it won't be compatible with our programs that we use on a daily basis. Right now we are stuck with IE 9 and we cannot upgrade until that is tested for at least another year. The IT guy said he doesn't think we will see Win 10 for 4 years or more. That isn't the way to go about things because that puts it being downloaded at 2019 and they will only support it per another article until 2025 which won't cut it for where I work
  • You need a new IT guy, for sure!
  • Much faster? That was only in a couple benchmarks and in real world performance you'll barely notice a difference, if any. Don't get me wrong, I like Edge, but I won't be using it until it gets extension support.
  • Downloaded and it's working like charm. Better than on Windows 10... Good for Android, bad for Windows 10
  • Oh yeah, get it from here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1Jjibq2wQzCOVY4ZzZOWWJiZ2M/view
  • One of my friends will test it in his zenphone 5. He's eager for Windows 10 desktop version
  • Maybe because Windows 10 Mobile isn't ready and Android is a stable and released OS?
  • LOL "better than windows 10"... that's not possible.  She has lots of limitations on Android because they don't have root access like they do with their own platform.
  • Cortana for Android is just to USA?
  • And here we are waiting for Windows 10 for mobile to be released and they are supporting Android. You have special place in hell Microsoft.
  • Lol come on man... This is not a company that will change your life
  • Get over it already
  • Chief of the hell detected .. :D
  • Hahaha
  • Is it just me or does anybody else want the white parts (as in the cards that display info.) to be Black in Cortana?
  • Me! I hate the white cards, they look so out of place
  • Yes! This just looks like another indication that there won't be a proper dark theme for Cortana
  • Yes, I want the dark theme too!
  • I swear its a stupid move from microsoft
  • And which multi $billion company do you run to make such knowledgeable statements?
  • I get the point, but running a multibillion dollar company does not necessarily mean you're making the right decision. Granted they are operating with way more info than the arm chair visionaries here, but that doesn't guarantee success, at least it hasn't over the past however many year with their numerous pivoting on mobile
  • And they say why windows phone is not popular
  • Hope its not better than the windows mobile version ...
  • Sadly, it is
  • How exactly is it better than the windows mobile version?
  • lol, whatever
  • It's not and can't be.  They don't have access to the Androiod/iOS core like they do with Windows, so the feature set will be very limited.
  • I will say it again if you don't get the apps here it will have to get better because people will go where the apps are just like I did. They can't keep saying premium phones are coming without apps to use on them because from what I am seeing is people using their phones for way more than to talk. They want their music, they want their games and Apps that work so they can interact with friends on other platforms.
  • Agreed, releasing the os and new phones won't fix things, they need to make sure they have a solid core of apps coming right our of the gate to build momentum. Email, music, calendar, edge, OneDrive, facebook, instagram (6tag), etc, all need to be top notch right away without waiting or promises as that had happened before. Somehow I'm only confident in 6tag.
  • As an android and windows phone owner, I have no issues with this.
  • Why would you its just software no more no less.
  • Good for Microsoft. Good for Cortana. Maybe good for Windows Phone, too (as Cortana will have a chance to grab more user data and hence show better search results). Not sure about Windows phone fans.
  • If Microsoft stays like this no one will buy windows phone..people will say why to buy a windows phone if there app are coming to android..
  • Live Tiles
    Best OS
    Security
    Integration with all W10 devices
    etc etc
  • Their*
  • If you can't beat em...make them want you. The strategy is obvious.
  • Cortana looks best in windows phone.
  • But its not good for microsoft...no one will get windows phone in this way
  • it isn't because of Cortana being on Android or Apple that will keep folks away from Windows is the lack of APPS plain and simple if you can't have SnapChat here we have seen all the wailing and comments, well it goes well beyond just that app we need developers who want to build apps that will work platform to platform and they can't just be 3rd party ones
  • Although I completely understand why Microsoft would want/need to put as many of its services on competing platforms, it is a little bit irritating to see Cortana and the full office being used on Android and eventually iOS. The average Joe who goes to a phone shop just to buy a phone now has even less reasons to look at Windows over Android and iOS. Suddenly the argument for the better Microsoft services being on Windows is almost defunct.
  • Not exactly buddy. MS doesn't own iOS nor Andriod so Windows will have better integration. However, these moves put MS in a position of stregenth
  • Not really.  If you've actually used the Microsoft services on iOS/Android, they are not as good as they are on Windows 10 Mobile.   They need their services on competing platforms to get marketshare on those services, and it obviously works well for them.  The more they do this, the more people will realize if they want the best experience for those services, they'll have to get a Windows device.  They've said this before.  Essentially, these are great gateways to Windows.  It also breaks down that old closed-walled Microsoft reputation they used to have, and shows them being more open than apple/google and focusing more on customers' needs.
  • Ultimately Microsoft wants everyone to use Cortana in Windows 10. A big part of that requires mobile, though. Afterall, what's the point of a personal assistant, if it only helps you, while you're at the computer. Many businesses would probably see little benefit in Cortana if they had to switch all of their employees over to new devices, with a totally different OS, in order to have that "seemless personal assistant" Microsoft boasts about. If you have 20k employees using custom built internal iOS or Android apps, would you really want to switch everyone over, just for this one feature to work "as advertised"? Probably not. But, if you're able to use it with your current setup, it becomes a lot more appealing. And, the more people there are using Cortana, the faster Microsoft can improve the different capabilities, because they will be receiving more data, such as types of requests, how requests are phrased, request delays, languages and dyalecs used, terminology, phrasing, etc. Ultimately it's a logical decision. More users = more data. Rememer though, that, as Microsoft has stated in the past, Windows devices will have a "first class expereince", with exclusive features, and closer integration. While they can have some level of integration with Android, it won't be the same as on Windows devices. And iOS will almost certainly never be on the same level, because Apple seriously limits the level of 3rd party integration.
  • Windows Phone will still have the best Microsoft experience, if they can get more people to use Microsoft services, this is a win in the long run, IMO. "The average Joe who goes to a phone shop just to buy a phone now has even less reasons to look at Windows over Android and iOS." Don't know where you live, but if you live in the US, the "average Joe who goes to a phone shop" won't even have any Windows Phones to look at. Aside from carrier stores (mainly AT&T) Windows Phone isn't being sold anywhere where people normally buy phones. THAT is the real problem.  
  • Here's the link for those who want to try it out cortana on their Android devices :) http://k2s.cc/file/cb416f7f08ed0/Cortana.apk    
  • I can't wait for this to come to iPhone.  Cortana is the one thing I really miss about Windows Phone.
  • Same here Steve, really looking forward to it. Going to ask one more time if anyone in the family wants my Windows PC and either sell it or keep as a back up and just sell the laptop. I am absolutely enjoying my Apple Watch
  • Cool guys, MS isn't like google that will not support windows mobile OS and not release any single official app. On the hand by releasing own apps to another OS is always a good idea. Everyone is doing that. That's another thing that digital assistant is the key.
  • I think its better for microsoft if it gives a bit of sweet things about cortana to android and not everything to convince people to get a windows phone
  • It won't work if they don't get apps here giving them a taste isn't going to draw more people here. Plain and simple that is why I am back on Apple and why I probably will never come back to a Windows Phone why can't anyone see this - nobody really talks on a mobile phone they text, they chat, they play games but if they don't cross over to a friends platform nothing will get them to buy a Windows Phone
  • Who cares
  • I upgraded my phone a few months ago but T-Mobile didn't have any worthy WP devices better than the 925 I had, so I left with an HTC One M9. Cortana, to me, functions better than google now. Maybe it's because I was used to Cortana since I had WP since 2010, but I'm glad it's coming to Android so I can have some of things I used often on WP on my droid (onedrive, Xbox music, smartglass, Cortana, onenote). Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • This ^
  • How is