Microsoft released Cortana for rival platforms a long time ago. For the past few months, it has been running tests that give Cortana a presence on the Android lock screen. The tests appear to have gone off well because the company has now decided to launch the feature to the public. Cortana has now arrived on the Android lock screen.
Microsoft tested the waters for this feature by first putting an overview of the user’s day on the lock screen which provided information about their commute times, flight or meeting information, and the day’s weather without requiring them to unlock the device.
Users would see a floating Cortana circle logo on the lock screen with the words “Swipe to Open.” If they swiped, they would then be taken to a personalized feed with all of the information that Cortana can offer them.
Microsoft has now confirmed that Cortana on Android lock screen is now widely available after the feature was gradually rolled out earlier this month. Since users can interact with Cortana above the lock, this means that they can ask questions as well as issue voice commands for tasks like settings reminders and what not.
Android users in all markets where Cortana is currently being offered can now take advantage of this enhanced functionality.