Windows Phone’s Cortana virtual assistant to arrive in early 2014 in the US
The release of Windows Phone 8.1 “Blue” might be a few months away, but more and more leaks are giving us a nice idea of what to expect from the first major upgrade to Windows Phone 8.
Remember Cortana, the virtual assistant Microsoft is working on to take on the likes of Apple’s Siri and Google Now? Well, according to a tweet by new leakster Xeŕo, Cortana will initially be made available to Windows Phones in the U.S. in early 2014, while worldwide availability will follow in late 2014 with support for 44+ languages. For a feature that might be the most interesting Microsoft has ever put in its mobile OS, such a large gap between U.S. and worldwide availability doesn’t look good, but with the company’s slow rate of progress, I guess even a small step would be a welcome one.
Confirmed: Cortana service aimed at early 2014 alongside WP8.1 for US only .late 2014 for Worldwide Supporting 44+ languages thanks to #Bing
— Xeŕo (@qxerro) September 18, 2013
The leaker also mentions that Nokia’s Pro camera app will be found on all devices running on WP8.1, an unsurprising move considering Microsoft’s plans to buyout Nokia’s devices and services business. The status bar icons of WP8.1 have also been leaked, which once again show the “*” icon for the notifications screen that’s going to debut with the upgrade. Everything seems to be coming along nicely, and I have a feeling there aren’t going to be many surprises left when Microsoft officially unveils Windows Phone 8.1.