Microsoft disables ‘Hey Cortana’ feature of Cortana for Android app in US
According to reports, the latest update rolled out by Microsoft to its Cortana for Android app has apparently disabled the feature which gave the app the ability to detect the ‘Hey Cortana’ hotword, to substitute the ‘Google Now’ functionality. The feature has been disabled for the US market.
Though there has been no explanation from Microsoft about the move to pull the mentioned feature of the Cortana for Android app in the US, recent posts on Reddit have speculated that the feature has been removed because some users were seemingly having problems with it.
The Reddit posts have further elaborated that the ‘Hey Cortana’ feature of Microsoft’s Cortana for Android app was probably affecting the functioning of the microphone in the Android devices of the app’s users; and was interfering with ‘OK Google’ for Google Now.
However, the explanation appears to be somewhat strange because any such issue with the ‘Hey Cortana’ feature would have prompted Microsoft to disable the feature in all markets in which it is available, not just in the US.
Meanwhile, it is also being speculated that the ‘Hey Cortana’ feature of the Cortana for Android app probably affected the integration with Cyanogen OS. Moreover, it is also possible that Microsoft disabled the feature due to patent/licensing issues.
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