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'Hey Cortana' commands come to battle 'Hey Google' on Android

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Microsoft has updated its Cortana for Android beta app to include one of its most important features.

Yes, those previewing the app on Google-powered devices can now state “Hey Cortana,” in order to summon the popular personal assistant.

While the ability to use their voice will be greatly received by some Android users, the phone must already be unlocked for the “Hey Cortana” command to work.

On Windows devices, the personal assistant can be summoned while the device is locked.

The arrival of the new feature (via WinBeta) allows Cortana to go head-to-head with Google’s own “Hey Google” service on Android devices, making it possibile for users to choose between the two.

In order to access the feature Android users must update the beta app and simply enable the option “Hey Cortana” option.

The continued improvement of the service is another sign that Microsoft is finally committed to offering the same experience across all platforms rather than simply saving the best features for Windows devices.

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Microsoft hasn’t announced when Cortana will come out of the public beta, but this update suggested the full launch is close.

Redmond is also promising an iPhone version in due course, while Cortana will also land on Xbox One consoles in 2016.

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