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You can now set Alexa as the default voice assistant on Android

You can now set Alexa as the default voice assistant on Android”

It isn't really surprising, considering that Alexa and the Google Assistant are competitors.

Microsoft and Amazon announced plans last August to allow their AI assistants to talk to each other - a move between the competitors that surprised many.

Microsoft Cortana is compatible with devices running Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile, Windows Phone 8.1, Invoke smart speaker, Microsoft Band, Xbox One, iOS, Android, and Windows Mixed Reality. They do vary in capabilities, and that makes it a good reason why you should try them all.

The process of making Alexa your default voice assistant on Android varies from device to device, but the way to start is by downloading the Alexa app from the Google Play Store. When it comes to Android smartphones, they come with Google Assistant by default.

And she told Cortana to "send an email to Tom Taylor saying "I'll see you tonight" - again, without having to command the assistant by name.

However, if you want to use Cortana, Firefox Search, and Sound Hound as your default voice assistant, you can do the same by following the above-mentioned procedure. To do so, open Settings and navigate to Apps & notifications. Rather than Google Assistant, you will now be able to set Alexa as the default voice assistant on your Android phone. There, tap on Assist App. But the only other option was to opt for Microsoft's Cortana (if you have the Cortana app installed). Alexa is well-respected for its integration with a wide range of apps and services.

On Monday, Microsoft showed a few new uses of Cortana in its own apps.

Alexa is the preferred assistant of some because of the thousands of skills available.

The seed for this collaboration was planted at Microsoft's CEO Summit back in 2016, and executives acknowledged after the Alexa-Cortana announcement the possibility of future partnerships. This method now also works on non-Pixel phones like Galaxy S8, S8, Note 8, OnePlus 5, Moto G5, etc.



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