Now, Amazon Alexa can be your default Assistant on Android

Jo Lloyd
May 9, 2018

We first heard about Cortana-Alexa integration when Microsoft and Amazon announced the same back in August 2017. Microsoft at the Build 2018 conference, finally, showed off Cortana-Alexa integration in action. Likewise, Alexa users can ask her to open Cortana.

In the first demonstration of this pairing, Alexa seemed able to run through the same interface as Cortana fairly seamlessly, and vice-versa. But the most important thing is that it helps the end user's devices to work with each other. Firstly, if you are using Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, the squeeze gesture to activate the Assistant won't work. This is very similar to what Microsoft sold as a result of its Cortana assistant last calendar year. Take a look at this demo by Megan Saunders, Cortana GM and Tom Taylor SVP Amazon Alexa in this video.

Alexa on Android was sorely devoid of features and gained the ability to send texts (limited to U.S. consumers for now) only recently. So wouldn't it be great if these assistants could work together and talk with one another?

Excited about what partnering with other digital Assistants can and might bring or do? These situations might instigate some of you to want to replace Google Assistant with Alexa or Cortana. "We both have experience with rings, although hers is more of a Halo". The Minecraft team stated that the older generation of consoles make up less than 5 percent of active players but encouraged users to pick the game on Xbox One, Microsoft Windows 10, and Xbox One.

The imminent partnership between Alexa and Cortana could be an interesting relationship, in part because Alexa offers hundreds of skills and third-party services that Alexa can tap into. He then orders an Uber without the need for the Alexa wake word with "Get me an UberX to Harvest and Vine" etc then says "What's next?"

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