It’s no secret that some Android OEMs, including Samsung, have been pre-installing some Microsoft apps on their Android apps as part of a partnership with Microsoft. In a partnership the Chinese phone maker made with Microsoft, Xiaomi was sold about 1,500 patents from Microsoft and in return, Xiaomi pre-installed a bunch of Microsoft Apps on its devices in return. And now it looks the company will be pre-installing Cortana on its devices such as the bezel-less Xiaomi Mi Mix.
Back in June, the Senior Vice President at Xiaomi, Xiang Wang stated:
“We are excited to be working closely with Microsoft on a broad technology collaboration partnership. As demonstrated by this agreement with Microsoft, Xiaomi is looking to build sustainable, long-term partnerships with global technology leaders, with the ultimate goal of bringing the best user experience to our Mi fans.”
Previously, a partnership between Microsoft and Cyanogen, back in 2015, saw the Cyanogen OS shipping with Cortana pre-installed and thus devices running on the Cyanogen OS such as the OnePlus One got Cortana with an over-the-air update.
Xiaomi is likely the second company to pre-install Cortana on their devices. You can also even wake Cortana by saying “Hey, Cortana” just like you can say “Okay Google” to wake some phones from standby.
Microsoft has done some pretty good work integrating Android with Windows 10, acknowledging Android’s incomparable dominance in the smartphone market. From what it looks, Microsoft intends to maintain its own dominance in the PC world by making Android smartphones to Windows PCs what an iPhone is to a Mac, and perhaps more. With rumours about Google readying its own desktop OS, Microsoft can’t get complacent.
With Cortana, Microsoft has been bringing Apple ecosystem like features to Android smartphones that the users have wished for. Currently you can sync notifications between your Android and your Windows PC with Cortana, and Microsoft is working to bring iMessages like features to Android via Skype.
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Via : MSP