Microsoft is currently working on porting Cortana to Android. We will probably have to wait a few more weeks before we can get our hands on the final version of the tool, but a pre-version (US) has just appeared on the internet. Yes, and you can install it right now on your phone. How? 'Or' What ? Just follow the guide. After all, that's what he's here for, eh.
If you don't know it at all, then know that Cortana is a virtual assistant that sits halfway between a Siri and a Google Now. It can obey your instructions, of course, but it is also able to bring up contextualized information.
Like a plane ticket for example, or even an itinerary.
The tool is at the same time complete, well thought out and… fun. It works well and can be very useful on a daily basis. The most beautiful in history is that it does not intend to be limited to our phones. It's also built into Windows 10, if you want to know it all.
Cortana is available as a preview only, and with a manual installation
But let's get back to the subject of this article. Some clever people managed to get their hands on a pre-version of the assistant and they decided to put it online for the benefit of as many people as possible. It is therefore possible to install Cortana on your Android phone now and without having to wait.
Before going any further, be aware that this version is far from perfectly stable. Also, installing an app outside of the Play Store always comes with risks, and it's important to think carefully about the consequences of your actions before you jump in.
Are you sure you want to continue? Okay then the first thing to do will be to authorize the installation of third-party applications on your mobile. To do so, go to the settings of your terminal and in the section dedicated to security. Simply check the box “Unknown sources” and then validate your choice.
Stick to your phone, launch the browser and simply follow this link . Then tap on the “Download” button. The APK file will start to download and you can follow it in the action center. When it's done, just tap on the entry to start the installation wizard. Confirm your choice by tapping on the “Next” button then “Install”. Wait for the installation to complete. It might take a few seconds.
Finally, tap on the “open” button to launch the tool.
I tested the beast briefly and we can tell that this is not a final version. However, it runs quite well and will give you a clearer idea of what to expect.