Deeper Microsoft Cortana integration comes to Cyanogen smartphones

Michael Cottuli

Not too long ago, the Android OS Cyanogen became the very first OS that had true integration with Cortana. The OS has been immune to many of the issues that were plaguing other Android Operating Systems that tried using Cortana, and the integration seems to have had a decent amount of success up to this point. Of course, there’s always room to grow, and with the most recent update to Cyanogen, Cortana’s integration into the OS has become a bit more hefty, offering some new functionality to those who make frequent use of Cortana’s voice commands in order to perform their day-to-day operations.

With CyanogenMod 12.1, Cortana can now do quite a bit more with the mobile device in question. Now, with the improved integration, you can now use Cortana to toggle network modes, put the device to sleep, and turn your device off, along with a number of other small tweaks. With this improved integration, phones running the Cyanogen Operating System can now much more reliably use Cortana to direct their device. It’s very likely that, now that Cortana can be used to directly interface with the phone’s power and network settings, people might become a bit more accustomed to using voice recognition to manage their device.

Being one of the few Android devices that are actively supporting Cortana at this point, it’s great to see that Cyanogen is continuing to add new and improved features to Cortana’s toolkit. Hopefully, this marks a general improvement in Android’s integration with Cortana as a whole, and could signal a return to the Android store in the near future. Even if that isn’t the case, it’s refreshing to see those that haven’t quite embraced Microsoft hardware yet taking a look at what Microsoft has to offer with its personal assistant.