Cortana for Android gets updated, can now be set as the home button shortcut


Last month, Microsoft released Cortana for Android to a group of users in the United States. The personal assistant on Android works just like it does on Windows 10 — from the user interface to its features, everything is very similar. When the first beta of Cortana for Android was released, it was missing a nifty feature: the ability to set it as the default personal assistant aka the home button shortcut. That means, if you’ve Google Now on your Android smartphone which can be opened by holding the home button, you can replace it with Cortana — which is indeed a much-needed addition.

For those wondering, the latest version of Cortana for Android is It’s also worth noting that Cortana for Android doesn’t have the “Hey Cortana” voice activation feature because of hardware compatibility issues. Nonetheless, if you’re part of the beta program, check for updates via Google Play. However, if you want to join the beta program, you can find more info here.