Cortana update adds access on your Android lock screen

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Cortana is of course Microsoft’s version of Apple’s Siri, or Google’s Assistant/Google Now/whatever name it is today and it’s getting some updates here and there for Android and iOS. The latest update that’s being pushed out to beta testers allows Cortana to work on your Android lock screen.

The feature has already been in use by some beta testers running on Android devices and those that are not part of the beta program should see an update soon in the upcoming weeks. Once you have the new version installed, the app will ask if you would enable “Cortana on lock screen” and then choosing “add Cortana to my lock screen” will start the feature on your Android device. Whenever you get to your lock screen, you will see the Cortana icon at the bottom and you will be able to swipe left or right to activate it and you’ll be able to see any updates that you have through the app or ask it any questions. The cool part about all of this is that you don’t need to change lock screens, you are able to use whatever lock screen set up you are currently running.


One downfall to the app being on your lock screen means that it doesn’t require that your device be unlocked in order for use. So, if anyone was to get your phone (knock on wood they don’t), they’ll be able to access some information just by using Cortana. I’m sure one way or another Microsoft will create some kind of safeguard so one’s information doesn’t get into the wrong hands.

I haven’t used Cortana since it first came out when beta testing originally started, but I do update the app when there is one available, so with this next update working with lock screens, I might try using it again. Do any of you guys use Cortana at all or have at least tried it? Let us know by leaving your comments down below or on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter.

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