Windows Phone 8.1 will have its own personal voice assistant named Cortana which is said to be a mix of Siri & Google now. A few things have leaked about Cortana via the developer SDK but nothing showing what Cortana will look like. Despite this there is lot of hype around it & one cay say that Cortana is equally hyped as Windows Phone 8.1.
Tom Warren from TheVerge has today posted a pic of Cortana over Twitter and this is what it is claimed to look like.
Following things were leaked about Cortana earlier
- Cortana will replace the built-in Bing Search feature as your personal assistant
- It will appear in the form of a circular animated icon (matching with the accent color)
- It will animate while speaking, can bounce and throw emotions at you based on situations involved
- Cortana will be powered by Bing, Foursquare and similar services at the back to give it an edge
- Cortana will be controlled/guided by a Notebook feature at the core which will also act as a privacy control
- Notebook will allow Cortana access information’s such as Location data, behaviours, personal data, contact information etc.
- Cortana will learn things about user with time & can store this info to Notebook (after asking you). Any such information can be edited & deleted.
- Cortana will use this info to address to users queries by voice or by text, will provide suggestions, reminders etc.
- Cortana can greet you by name, will ask you if you need help and can answers to your questions.
- It can pick-up lines from Messages & e-Mails as in from ‘Let’s meet on Sunday’ and would ask you if you would like to set a calendar entry for Sunday.
- Cortana can assist you with contextual details on Weather, Stocks, Directions, Music etc based on your Locations and other details.
- Cortana will also be able to manage ‘Quiet Hours’ (do not disturb feature), a new feature incoming with WP8.1. Quiet Hours will basically mute your notifications in the said period and Cortana will be able to manage it for you.