Earlier in December, Microsoft gave their fans currently running Android and iOS devices a reason to be happy as they finally released the public version of Cortana for their devices. It was a very unique case of cross promotion as the entire voice based assistant found two new homes, and in platforms where there already are voice assistants – Siri happens to be the biggest rival for Cortana, but at the moment it has been Google’s Google Now which has been bothering Cortana on Android. Initially when it came in, it looked quite good, but a new update from Microsoft has now removed the ability to activate Cortana by saying ‘Hey Cortana’.
The Hey Cortana feature of Cortana is quite similar to what Google Now does when OK Google is spoken. Speaking these magic words initiate the voice messengers to start searching. The latest version of Cortana for Android has however, removed this feature, and it has been mentioned in the changelog too. It has been stated by Google that this has been done because the Hey Cortana feature was interfering with the way Google’s hands free service works.
A Microsoft Spokesperson was contacted by news source VentureBeat, who received the reply stating: “We’ve received user feedback that the ‘Hey Cortana’ feature is conflicting with Android voice search and are temporarily disabling the feature while we evaluate a solution.”
This basically brings the users of Cortana on Android as well as iOS on the same page, as neither of them now have the bragging rights of activating Cortana by saying the magic words! However, users who are running Cortana in the Cyanogen mod are still being able to use the Hey Cortana feature.
It was earlier reported that several users were not able to use their microphones properly after they installed the Cortana app. However, disabling Hey Cortana from the menu fixed their problem. More details to be updated as they release. Keep following us for latest updates in the world of technology!