Microsoft wants you to enjoy using Cortana beyond the Windows 10 ecosystem; whether you are on an iOS, Android or Cyanogen OS powered device. Cortana will follow you regardless of the platform you use.
On December 9th, 2015, Microsoft announced in a blog post that they have availed Cortana across different platforms on selected devices running iOS, Android and Cyanogen OS. Microsoft is living up to its May 2015 announcement that Cortana will become the first digital assistant to help users complete tasks across different devices.
This ability was first availed to users on the Windows 10 ecosystem as they switch between Windows PC to their mobile devices and vice versa. By now availing this option across different ecosystem, Microsoft is delivering on the promise of saving users both time and effort where they need to:
Reminders that follow you across devices: You can now set location-based reminders on one device, and when you move to another device, Cortana will still pop up whenever you arrive at that location. Regardless of the devices you are currently using.
You will never Miss another Phone Call: When you get so caught up on your PC that you can’t move away to pick a call. Cortana will alert you of the missed call right on your PC screen and give you the option to text the caller that you will call them later.
Convenient Tracking: We are going into the December festivities when flights will be flown, packages sent or ordered. Cortana will enable you to easily track flights and packages easily from your phone or PC, with regular updates, so you never miss a thing.
As Cortana follows you around across different ecosystems, it comes with the same intelligence it had gathered on you on your PC. The information stored on your Windows 10 PC in Cortana’s Notebook; things like interests and weather among others.
Sadly, not all Cortana full-features will be available on iOS, and Android platform like it does on Windows phone. Features like toggling settings, opening apps or invoking the digital assistant by just saying ‘Hey Cortana’.
However, Microsoft has developed a closer relationship with Cyanogen, and together they have bettered Cortana’s interaction on Cyanogen. You can now enable Cortana on Cyanogen by voice by simply saying ‘Hey Cortana’ on Cyanogen devices. Other things Cortana can do for you on a Cyanogen device include toggling network modes, turning on Quiet Mode and shutting down the phone. For more details on this, head on to the official Windows website.