08-03-2019 03:42 PM - edited 08-03-2019 03:46 PM
08-03-2019 03:42 PM - edited 08-03-2019 03:46 PM
I wish that, with all of the things constantly working, not working, working again, that we could get Cortana right...
Cortana on ML
Cortana the App
Could in Win Phone 10?
Other Android App(s)that can?
"Hey Cortana from Home screen"
Hey Cortana Dial
Hey Cortana Text
Frequent Contacts in Feed
Announces and Reads Text
ReadIt2Me and others
Control of Sound Output (BT or Phone)
*: If Cortana (Microsoft Launcher) is NOT set as your default Assistant, you cannot have your frequent contacts in your feed. But if you DO have Microsoft Launcher set as your Assistant of Choice, you will not be able to send a text via "Hey Cortana."
08-06-2019 01:07 PM
@sarahm1 You have to understand just how much we rely on Cortana being able to be used completely hands free. This was a CRITICAL capability on our Windows phones and one of the primary reasons we refuse to completely leave Windows phones. Cortana is set to ALWAYS ON with our devices. Having incoming text messages announced AND allowing us to respond is one of the MOST important capabilities. The ability to simply say, "Hey, Cortana" and initiate a number of different tasks is something that MUST be added on Android. I don't care what it takes. We hardly use the actual phone capabilities on our smartphones. When I'm driving (which is a lot) I NEED that hands free capacity. Coming from Windows phones, the inability to access Cortana for messaging, music, phone calls, etc., without needing to actually TOUCH the device is an unacceptable condition, as far as I'm concerned.
08-06-2019 02:18 PM
09-02-2019 07:22 AM
09-02-2019 08:55 AM - edited 09-02-2019 08:56 AM
09-02-2019 11:05 AM - edited 09-03-2019 09:37 AM
@Robert Wade This killing of functionality, is what has forced me to look to Android/Microsoft Launcher. I rely on Cortana so much, and I have been able to look passed the lack of apps, etc. in my Windows Phone. But not having simple things, like voice to text, is a killer...which is why Microsoft is doing it I'm sure, to get us all to move along already.
09-02-2019 04:37 PM
09-02-2019 05:58 PM
09-03-2019 03:49 AM
Understand that, under Windows Phone, Cortana was, first, part of the OS and, then, moved out to an app that still had deep access into the OS. Because of that deep access into the operating system, she could do the things we all miss - and that Android hasn't figured out how to do. But, because the Goog won't (can't?) grant Cortana such deep access to the system, she will never have those capabilities on Android.
Clearly, the Team have had to make a decision about what capabilities she can have under our current OS and compromises have had to be made.
Better with Siri? LOL. I don't think so.
Best of luck.
09-03-2019 05:10 AM
09-03-2019 05:28 AM
Don't give that another thought. The dev team needs to understand how the customers feel.
I have been thinking about giving over to Goog Assistant and playing with Lucid Launcher - because it is the only one I can find that will allow a vertical orientation. But, there are downsides: everything I get in my Feed page on ML, I have to add in Lucid as a widget and, every time I change a setting in Lucid, my work to build a home screen I like is deleted.
I did, recently, do a complete uninstall/reinstall of ML and that fixed the multi-calendar issue I was having.
I have to say that, for now, ML continues to best satisfy my needs - and I plug-in the Cortana app where I need to.
09-03-2019 05:40 AM
I don't really care how it happens or what's required. Microsoft created an awesome capability, and UNMATCHED capability in ANY platform, and now that they've abandoned it for, apparently, Android, they NEED to do WHATEVER it takes to bring those features to Android. It's stupid not to, it's LAZY not to, and it's an insult to users not to.
09-03-2019 10:04 AM
@RG_Durishin This post sums up my feelings pretty well. I've also had issues with Outlook since day one, but for me, it was with syncing new contacts. I have hit "Reset Account" so many times, it has turned from ridiculous, to comical.
At this point, I am so intertwined with Microsoft accounts, the prospects of a decent integration through a different launcher leaves me skeptical, unfortunately. Up until now ML has satisfied most of my needs, and for the most part, I like the UI. With that said, I wish they would fix Cortana, bring over the People App to manage contacts, and design a decent Phone app, preferably something that resembles what they did with Windows Phone 8.1, i.e. a full screen contact picture for incoming calls...But all of this is probably a dream that will never be realized. Sorry, kind of went on a tangent there.
Anyway, I wish Microsoft would throw their resources to fix a lot of these lingering issues. Otherwise, as @Robert Wade put it, "it's an insult to users not to. "