How to Set Alexa As the Default Assistant on Android

How to Set Alexa As the Default Assistant on Android

It isn't really surprising, considering that Alexa and the Google Assistant are competitors.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that the company is working on a new version of Cortana which will enable it to talk to other AIs.

In order to set Alexa as your default assistant, you have to download the Amazon Alexa app via the Google Play Store. This way you can have Cortana execute tasks like sending emails.

The mashup is still being tested, but was shown Monday at Microsoft's annual Build conference for developers in Seattle.

Amazon Echo is designed around your voice. It's worth noting that some smartphones, such as the Huawei Mate 9, did come with Alexa integration in the past. Alexa booked an Uber ride for him.

Microsoft said that the digital assistant integration is now only available in a limited beta but those interested can sign up here to receive an alert when it goes live.

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The experience is like two digital assistants inhabiting in a single device.

The surprise partnership was announced last summer, with a goal of getting the two digital assistants on the same page by the end of the year.

Though Alexa has grabbed the early lead in the competitive digital assistant market - which also includes the Google Assistant, Apple's Siri and more - Amazon doesn't expect to ideal the technology alone.

"We believe voice will make customers' lives easier at home, at work and everywhere in between", Taylor said.

But, for anyone still interested in the prospect of combining the ubiquitous prevalence of Alexa devices with the productivity focus of Cortana, they can visit here to sign up to possibly join the next round of Insiders testing this new combination.

During Build on May 7, Microsoft showed as part of the smart meetings demo some participants wearing these kinds of devices in order to view data spatially.

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