Cortana Is Getting the Ability to Read Messages Aloud

This feature will make it easier for the users' to use their phone hands-free especially in situations such as cooking or where one is driving a vehicle while connected to a Bluetooth handset. Now since the Redmond Giant has stopped development of its windows mobile platform, the company is testing the same feature for its Digital Assistant Cortana on Android platform.

Now, Microsoft is planning on updating the Cortana app for Android with support for reading text messages aloud.

Microsoft is now internally testing this feature by adding some new capabilities for Cortana on Android.

Microsoft is expanding Cortana's functionality on Android with a new feature for Messages.

The feature isn't documented in the app's release notes, but Microsoft detailed it in the private Google Plus community for beta users (via Thurrott). Cortana by default will read messages loudly only when it is connected to a Bluetooth device when switched on. Otherwise, you can sign up to become a tester or just wait for the feature to eventually make its way to the release version of the app. It accounts for user scenarios when one is engaged and using a Bluetooth headset, such as when driving, and reads messages out to users so they can respond via return message using only their voice. DO NOT install this update if you have privacy concerns.

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