Cortana to get the support for reading out SMS in your phone


Microsoft is planning on updating the Cortana app for Android with support for reading text messages aloud. This comes as an improvement to the app’s pre-existing integration with SMS. Cortana already allows Android users to interact with texts from their PCs, but this feature takes it one step further.

It accounts for user scenarios when one is engaged and using a Bluetooth headset, such as when driving, and reads messages out to users so they can respond via return message using only their voice. While Cortana is at a natural disadvantage compared to Google Assistant on the Android platform, small quality of life improvement features like this can go a long way in luring and retaining users.

This feature is currently available in Cortana beta app only, but soon it will come for general users.