20 Jun 2017

Microsoft's Cortana can now replace Google Assistant on your Android phone

Microsoft has been trying to get users to install its apps for iOS and Android. With the latest update to Cortana for Android  the digital assistant app can now take the place of Google Assistant (or Google Now) as the default smart AI on your phone.

The app will walk you through the process of connecting Cortana with a long-press on the home button. You'll be asked if you want to make it the default app when you launch it for the first time. If you say yes, you get taken to the app configuration screen in Android's settings.

The screen lets you change the default app for web browsing, SMS, and now for giving you instant help with a multitude of queries. Although for now, you can't launch an OS-wide voice command using this method and the app doesn't work in landscape mode for the time being either. If you prefer your phone to have a Microsoft rather than a Google focus, it's worth setting up.


If you use Cortana on your Windows 10 ,  it imports all of your Cortana settings, including reminders and favorite destinations,  to the Android app.

Unfortunately the app isn't available to download yet in Nigeria