Through a new update, Microsoft Band 2 users are now officially able to make use of the Redmond company’s digital assistant, Cortana, on Android.
Here’s an interesting dilemma: both Microsoft’s premier wearable and digital assistant are well supported on Android, but neither talk to one another. Thankfully, that’s now a thing of the past as an update to Microsoft Health now sees official Cortana support for Android users of the Microsoft Band 2.
Up until now, the Microsoft Band 2 has worked well on Android, but has been bereft of the Cortana integration availably only to Windows Phones. The newest version of Microsoft Health – available now on the Google Play Store adds Cortana integration for Android users. Read: Cortana makes her way to the Xbox in Microsoft‘s Summer Update
Following installing the update, Android users will be able to make use of Cortana without the need to touch their mobile phones; meaning that users of Google’s mobile OS can finally issue voice commands and recieve notifications on the go.
Unfortunately, the app is presently limited to the US (though that’s no problem if you prefer to sideload) and users will need to have Cortana for Android installed to be able to use the digital assistant through their Microsoft Band 2.
If you’d like to install Cortana on your Android device but live outside of a supported territory, fret not: we’ve got a dead easy list of instructions you can use to place Microsoft’s witty assistant right on your phone or tablet. Read: How To: Install Cortana on Android
What are your thoughts on Cortana integration finally arriving for Android? Is there any sense in holding on tightly to the Microsoft Band 2, when the eponymous company is set to ditch its present line of mobile devices? Be sure to let us know your opinion in the comments below!
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