Cortana for Android review


Digital assistants are popping up all over the place, whether it be Google Now, Apple’s Siri, Hound by SoundHound, and now Microsoft’s Cortana. Google even recently made their own digital assistant even better with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The search giant introduced Google Now On Tap, which makes the search giant’s digital assistant much more contextual and powerful. While this update might make Google Now stand out from the crowd, it’s much too dependent on what version of Android you’re on and what smartphone you have.

Google Now is a victim of Android’s own fragmentation problem, making more independent options like Hound much more useful. Microsoft recently launched Cortana for Android, Redmond’s very own digital assistant, and the company believes that it might just have what it takes to compete with Google Now and make a name for itself in a not-so-useful market of digital assistants.

How does Cortana stack up against the rest? Find out below.
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Screenshots on Android are now as straightforward as ever


Google is introducing a new way to take screenshots, one that will be accessible to anyone with an Android device that is running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above. The contextual arm of Google Now, known as Google Now on Tap, now has a dedicated share button to take a screenshot of your display before choosing which app to share it with.

This finally gives every owner of an Android device an identical way to take a screenshot. Before, devices with physical buttons could vary from a combination between the home button, power button, and volume rocker. Now all that needs to be done is Now on Tap’s activation.

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Google App now available for beta testing


Google has launched a new process for beta testing the Google App via the Play Store. The Google App is the software that powers several functions on an Android device like the Now Launcher, Google Now cards, Now On Tap, and some other functions. In the past users had to go through a G+ community, but now users can just visit a web page setup by Google in order to sign-up. Once a user does so, they will be directed to the Play Store where their app will get the update to the beta version. Read more