- Sync tasks with Microsoft To-Do
- New Cortana on Home screen
Microsoft's assistant, a rival to Google Assistant and Siri, has always been quite behind in terms of feature set and skills, and is still, sort of, even though Microsoft is trying harder than ever to catch them up. With that said, they have released a new 22.214.171.12483 beta update for Cortana, which brings some nice features that we will go into in a more detailed fashion, but before doing so, let's start with the changelog.
Microsoft To-Do integration
The first new feature in the latest Cortana update is related to Microsoft To-Do, where all of your personals tasks will get synced in between, so you can manage them with voice commands if you choose to.
Cortana on home screen
This particular option enables a trigger for Cortana, where you can see a music control widget, including shortcuts like asking her to read your emails, play the news and more, plus a voice command button. If you are installing the app for the firsts time, then you will get a prompt to turn on 'Cortana on home screen' or else you can toggle it on from the settings by going into the Phone settings section....
Microsoft's Cortana voice assistant on Android has always been very cluttered and not straightforward in regards to usability and functions. The newest iteration, which comes as an official upgrade to version 3.0 aims to change this and make the user experience leaps better. And it sort of does. It is indeed smarter too.
Design-wise they have switched to a fully white user interface all over the place and it looks very sleek....