Bye, bye Cortana!
Just today, Microsoft has announced their plans on shutting down Cortana for both Android and iOs. They quoted, “shift toward a transformational AI-powered assistant experience” in its Microsoft 365 apps, which will involve refocusing its “areas of innovation and development.”
The company is ending all support for third-party Cortana skills and eliminating apps for iOS and Android devices. They will remove the Cortana skill on September 7, while the iOS and Android apps will stop being supported in early 2021.
Microsoft also plans to end support for the Cortana integration in the Harman Kardon Invoke speaker in January 2021. Speaker owners who used Cortana are eligible for a $50 Microsoft gift card as compensation.
Celia: Huawei’s New Google Assistant Alexa
We all knew that Huawei has been independent of their OS after disengagement from Google. This also means that Huawei no longer has the lifelong Google’s assistant, Alexa, who has been the most reliable virtual assistant in any device. However, just this late March, Huawei announced their own “Alexa” and “Siri” which they named, Celia.
The Huawei’s new assistant is part of its EMUI 10.1 software debuted on their P40 Pro flagship phone. Celia is a replicate of virtual assistants a user can have with their devices. To wake it, the user must say, “Hey, Celia.” Aside from that, the user can also double-tap the power button to start it. Once active, Celia’s ready to process the user’s request. Those requests may include setting daily alarms, check the weather, or send text messages to contacts.