Microsoft’s answer to Siri and Google Now, Cortana, might be on its way to your Cyanogen OS based device as a pre-installed digital assistant. In a recent interview with IBT, Cyanogen CEO, McMaster, confirmed that Cyanogen was indeed working closely with Microsoft to “deeply integrate” Cortana into the operating system.
Cyanogen OS came pre-installed with the original OnePlus One and now comes with devices like Yu Yuphoria, Yu Yunique, Wileyfox etc. While these may not be in the league of iPhones and Galaxies, McMaster is unusually confident that integrating Cortana deeply will give their OS the extra edge that is needed to topple the scales in their favor
“If you look at the empires that have been created in technology, they all really form around key pillars — OS and platform. Microsoft did it with Windows, Apple did it with iOS, and Google did it with Android. And we are the only guys who people think have a shot at [joining them] because we are not a fork of Android, we are fully compliant with the existing Android eco-system.”
Cortana will receive deep system access that allows it to control popular third-party apps like Spotify.
“Siri doesn’t power Spotify like that so we can do these kind of things with for example, integration of Microsoft’s Cortana into the OS enabling natural language to power Spotify and other services. Cortana is currently available as an app on Android, but in order for it to make a real difference, it needs to be able to be integrated at the OS level so that its full potential can be leveraged.”
For those who might be wondering as what Cyanogen is, well, in simple words, Cyanogen is the hottest thing to happen to Android, since Android! Cyanogen started as a ROM based on Android and quickly rose up the ranks with contributions from the open-source community. In 2013, Cyanogen Inc. was born with Steve Kondik and McMaster as its founders. Cyanogen Inc. has raised $80 million till date and there are around 50 million Cyanogen OS users worldwide!