Cortana set to make Canadian debut with Lumia 830
Canadian users will be able to access Cortana (albeit in alpha form) once the Lumia 830 launches in the country later this month.
Although Microsoft announced that Cortana localization for Canada would be ready by the time Windows Phone 8.1 started rolling out, the voice assistant was only available in select countries. The software maker later announced that several markets would be getting an alpha version of the voice assistant, which is what is rolling out with the Lumia 830 in Canada.
Cortana will be available on more devices in the country once they start receiving the Lumia Denim update. As for availability, the Lumia 830 is slated to launch on major carriers and retailers.
Canadian readers, what Cortana feature are you looking forward to the most?
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Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia for Android Central, Windows Central's sister site. When not reviewing phones, he's testing PC hardware, including video cards, motherboards, gaming accessories, and keyboards.
Also you would be surprised how many people outside the UK prefer that accent and dislike the US accent (in the UK as well). Also unfortunately the impression most people have of the English is what they see in shows like downton Abbey -.-.
I for one, dislike the posh accent in the UK version of Cortana as it just makes me cringe in agony... I don't why but it just does. It's a similar reaction to screeching chalk on a blackboard.
I'm the "Windows Phone guy" for everyone I know. I ask them if they want the voice assistant to sound American or British. Everyone opts for American after I let them hear the difference.
Bing here in Brazil is improving (Bing Places is better than Google in this regard, and even Here).
Also, Bing Images and Videos are better than Google too.
Whereas in the research, there is still some stuff and the main one is the ability to answer questions like "How old is Bill Gates?". When you do that, it just gets the right panel.
Edit: Ok... It seems to work now :) I'll have to give it an other chance!