Microsoft dropped the news that Cortana will be coming to the Xbox One in the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) push this summer. The company has some other Cortana related news to kick off the week, with the virtual assistant/voice recognition system now available to Android phone users who wear the Microsoft Band.
The fitness tracker launched two years ago and has been updated with the Microsoft Band 2 since then, but Cortana has remained an exclusive feature for Windows Phone users. Of course, like most other wearables, the Band needs a smartphone to sync to for full functionality, so Windows Phone users had a nice feature that rival platforms lacked.
In its continuing embracing of other platforms, Microsoft has now allowed Cortana to be set free on Android devices synced with the Band. For the integration to be effective you will need the Microsoft Health application and Cortana for Android. It is worth noting that this is exclusive to the United States at the moment.
Microsoft will undoubtedly roll out this feature to other markets eventually, but for not only those in the US should be interested.
Judging by the app description in the Google Play Store for the update, there isn’t anything new included here, so Android users are getting the exact experience as Windows Phone users. Among the core features of Cortana on the Microsoft Band is that she can reply to text and notifications, which means you do not have to grab your device.
Cortana for the Microsoft Band can be downloaded right now through the Google Play Store by getting Cortana for Android and the Microsoft Health app.