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Cortana at your fingertips, now on Android lock screen

Written By published March 27, 2017

Since releasing Cortana* on Android and iOS a year ago in the US and more recently in the UK, you have been telling us what you liked and how you’d like it to be improved and we’re excited to tell you more about what we’ve been up to this month.

Get quick access to your day with the lock screen

The information you need to keep on top of your day is now at your fingertips with Cortana above the lock on Android. We introduced the ability to get Cortana on your lock screen earlier this month so you could quickly swipe and see what Cortana’s got for you for the day.

Today, you can now interact with Cortana above the lock. Quickly get answers to your questions, set a reminder and more without having to unlock your device.

Quickly get answers to your questions, set a reminder and more without having to unlock your device with the upcoming tab

We’ve also made updates to the Cortana home on Android, giving you glanceable information about what’s upcoming in your day like your schedule, commute times as well as upcoming reminders and the ability to quickly add reminders and new calendar items to your day. Your lists are also easier to access so you can view, edit and add items quickly.

Today, we’re also announcing that both the Android and iOS apps are available in Australia, extending the functionality of your Cortana on Windows 10 to whatever smartphone you carry to help you stay on top of things.

  • Reminders that Travel with You: Cortana has your back, seamlessly keeping track of the things you need to remember across all the platforms you use her. Set a reminder on your PC and get it on your mobile phone.
  • Never Miss a Phone Call: In a meeting and can’t answer your phone? With the Cortana app, get a missed call alert on your Windows 10 PC and let Cortana send a text back letting them know you’ll call them later – all without leaving your PC.
  • Optimized for Mobile: Designed specifically for your mobile life with quick action buttons and voice to get what you need quickly, a streamlined design and widgets for Android and iOS.
Find what you need, when you need it with Answers

Earlier this month, we also brought the refreshed design of the app to iOS in the US and introduced the app to the U.K. The more simplified look and feel for the apps makes it faster and easier than ever before to get things done with quick actions, putting the most frequent things you do front and center, so setting a reminder or viewing your reminders is just a tap away when you don’t want to use voice.

*Cortana available in select markets
**Images updated for accuracy