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How to Set Alexa As the Default Assistant on Android

The company has launched a dedicated website where interested users can subscribe to get latest updates on the Cortana-Alexa integration.

Once there, you can select between Google Assistant (labeled merely as Google), Microsoft Cortana, or Amazon Alexa as your default assistant.

In the Build demo, after Microsoft's Megan Saunders said the initial "open Cortana" command to an Echo smart speaker, Cortana is programmed to say "Cortana here, how can I help?" . You will also not be able to trigger Alexa using the Pixel 2's "squeeze" functionality. After that, it demonstrated accessing Alexa from Cortana on a Windows 10 PC.

The reaction, as shown above, obviously received applause from the crowd who clearly understand the Halo reference stated within Alexa's reply. Put simply, Cortana will run on Alexa devices, while you'll be to call Alexa from within Windows 10's Cortana. Microsoft showcased early stages of this development on stage at Build 2018. And it works both ways too. You can use these links to get the apps: Alexa, Cortana.




Excited about what partnering with other digital Assistants can and might bring or do?

To the companies, given their respective focuses, it might make sense to rely on Cortana for a work calendar, and Alexa for managing shopping list. "We share a vision that there will be many intelligent agents working together to provide customers with a more helpful experience". Microsoft's skill set for Cortana is relatively slim aside from its deep Office integration. Ask Alexa the following question: "Alexa, what do you think about Cortana?". On the other hand, Alexa is not pre-loaded on a majority of Android smartphones, which means that users first have to download it from the Play Store.

Using Alexa on his Windows desktop, Taylor was able to arrange an Uber pick-up to go to a restaurant.

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