Now the voice-activated assistants are all the rage. Apple has Siri, Android has Google Assistant, Samsung has Bixby, and now Microsoft’s Cortana. Recently Microsoft has joined hands with Cheetah Mobile Inc. and as part of the collaboration, the latter has adopted Cortana as the default virtual assistant powering its CM Launcher app for Android devices.
It is the first instance that Microsoft’s virtual assistant has been integrated into an Android launcher, and as such, Cortana will bring its set of voice-controlled capabilities to the app for users. For example, Cortana can be asked to make calls, read out news, create and manage events, translate text, and perform web searches. Cortana will also speak out to make sure you remember things to do, help out with recommendations, and more.
A beta version of the Cortana-powered CM launcher is now available in U.S., U.K., Canada, Germany, France, and Australia, but details regarding its global release have not been revealed.