Rumor Says Cortana On Windows Phone Will Be Always On, Offer Voice Unlock

If you have been swarmed by the sheer cornucopia of information regarding the second generation Surface these past couple of days, then it is time to change the channels.

Let us take a look at some Windows Phone 8 news.

Although the software titan has not officially confirmed this until now, Microsoft is currently hard at work on some appealing new features that it plans to bring to its Windows Phone 8 platform in the very near future — particularly after the Cortana personal assistant rolls out.

Cortana is obviously very similar to what Google Now and Siri offer.

But Microsoft plans to extend the basic functionality with a couple of notable new features. As this recent report on PhoneArena claims, Cortana will be always on. What this means is that it will always be waiting there for user input, similar to how Google Now works on Moto X.

And that is only the beginning of the fun part. The article further notes that Cortana will offer support for voice unlock, and users will not have to touch the smartphone to find their way past the lock screen.

Of course, it begs the question how the above mentioned functionalities will play with the hardware inside Windows Phone handsets, particularly what kind of effect they have on the battery life. Redmond probably is working to make sure it is not a power drainer.

Previous rumors have suggested that Cortana will officially debut in early 2014. Stay tuned for more on this as we near the release of GDR3 and Windows Phone Blue.

  • Robert Kegel

    That might be cool as long as if you put a password on your phone it just brings you to the password screen so you can enter it. I would think it would be to easy for someone to record you opening your phone then take your phone and have all your info. Unless Microsoft has a way to tell the difference between a recorded voice and live? We’ll have to see.

    • Rodney Longoria

      It’ll be interesting to see how they implement it for sure, especially the battery drain solution. I’m waiting to see if they bring Cortana to Windows 8.1 itself, beyond just phones. Having a personal assistant sounds too cool since I’m totally into the MS ecosystem now.

  • Mike Greenway

    more rumors. I heard we aren’t listening to them anymore.