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Cortana beta app for Android makes unscheduled public bow

Microsoft is planing to launch a beta version of its Cortana personal assistant for Android users later this month. However, the sultry-voiced app has leaked out into the wild well ahead of schedule, reports on Friday have revealed.

Android users have been able to install the Android version of Cortana on their devices after finding the file online (first reported by Finnish website Suomimobili).

According to those users and reports (via The Verge) from those who’ve also taken it for an unscheduled test drive, the app already works rather well indeed.

It seems folks can access the Cortana notebook, which controls the information it knows about its owner, while Android owners an also send text messages on request.

Users have been able to access plenty of local events, information, weather, news, sports scores, restaurants and all of the usual stuff. It’s also possible to use the assistant to place location-based reminders.

Apparently, the only notable thing missing at the moment is the inability to activate the “Hey Cortana” assistant, but, of course, the app remains unfinished.

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There’s no word yet on whether Microsoft will decide to start the beta early, following this leak, but we were expecting it to come imminently anyway. Cortana is also coming to iOS later this year, while it’ll also be a major part of the Windows 10 ecosystem.

To give the Android beta a spin, Unofficial Windows News says the .APK file can be nabbed here.

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