Just a few weeks ago, Microsoft launched Cortana for Android as a beta in the United States. While Android OEMs such as Samsung delivered a couple of Microsoft services (e.g. OneDrive, OneNote) with their Android flagships, the next version of Cyanogen OS will come with Cortana “deeply integrated” into the OS.
In an interview with the International Business Times, Cyanogen’s CEO, Kirt McMaster stated that the company is working with the folks at Microsoft to integrate Cortana into the next version of Cyanogen OS. McMaster stated:
“Natural language coupled with intelligence is very important but as an application it doesn’t rally work because you need to be embedded into the framework of the OS because that is where you get all the signal from the services that makes that intelligence smarter.”
McMaster also stated that Cortana will allow the company to integrate the OS into apps such as Spotify. He also thinks that Cortana is “much better than Apple’s Siri”:
“When Apple launched Apple Music at WWDC, they showed the Siri integration with Apple Music. Siri doesn’t power Spotify like that so we can do these kind of things with for example, integration of Microsoft’s Cortana into the OS enabling natural language to power Spotify and other services.”
In case you don’t know, Cyanogen OS is based on Android and comes with a couple of “custom” features. Here’s a video showing off the features of Cyanogen OS:
For now, there aren’t many details on Cortana integration for Cyanogen OS and as usual, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens next.