It was by no means going to be straightforward for Microsoft to have a voice assistant on Android when the Google Assistant was on the market, and it seems to be like the corporate has lastly thrown within the towel. Starting in early 2021, assist for Cortana might be ended on Android, iOS, and a few small platforms. Cortana had already been phased out in a number of international locations a number of months in the past, however this transformation might be international.

Microsoft is transitioning Cortana into extra of a productiveness assistant than a Google Assistant and Alexa competitor. Cortana will nonetheless be accessible on Android through the Outlook and Groups apps, however with a special focus. Third-party Cortana expertise will lose assist on September seventh, which is simply over a month away, however full assist will soldier on till early 2021. Additionally having assist ended are the Harman Kardon Invoke good speaker in January 2021 and the unique Floor Headphones (it was by no means included within the Floor Headphones 2). Microsoft might be sending out a $50 present card to any lively Invoke proprietor (anybody who’s despatched at the very least one Cortana voice request after July 31st, 2019), and Floor Headphones homeowners are every being provided a $25 present card as properly.

Provided that Microsoft has been slowly nixing Cortana, this information would not come as an enormous shock, however we won’t assist however marvel simply how few folks have been really utilizing Cortana on Android. Any guesses?