Lumia Denim Update Brings Passive-Voice Activation To Cortana
Rollout of Microsoft’s Denim update for Lumia devices is taking more time than expected. And while we’re waiting for it to appear on all listed devices, Microsoft has presented one improvement that will be featured in Denim update. This is Cortana improvement, and it will definitely make conversation with the personal assistant more natural.
While everyone was expecting new camera improvements, Microsoft released an update for other feature, it’s personal assistant, Cortana. This personal assistant was presented last summer as a part of Windows 8.1 update, and as a rival of Apple’s Siri and Google’s Google Now. And now, with Microsoft’s Denim update for certain Lumia devices, Cortana is improved even more.
Microsoft released “Hey Cortana” feature for Cortana, which allows you to speak to Cortana without pressing any buttons. You just need to say “Hey Cortana,” to initiate your personal assistant. This is probably a preparation for the Windows 10 release, because we expect this feature to be available on both Windows Phone devices with the Denim update and PCs powered by Windows 10 Technical Preview. Featuring passive-voice activation in Cortana will make the interaction between users and the personal assistant even more natural.
We can also notice similar, passive-voice activation technology in Xbox One, with its Kinect sensor. And this technology may power Cortana on future flagship Windows Phone devices. You don’t have to touch your phone to interact with Cortana, because when enabled, your phone will listen for the combination of “Hey Cortana” and it will automatically run your personal assistant.
Just like it was the case with “Ok Google” in Google Now, you’ll need to train Cortana to recognize varieties in your voice when you’re saying the phrase in order to initiate the voice assistant. You can find this session in the settings, under “Hey Cortana.”
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