Cortana, the much-anticipated and much-leaked voice-assistant
expected to arrive on Windows Phone 8.1, has been reportedly
spotted running on a Nokia Lumia handset. The two leaked images that
have surfaced online show the main screen of Cortana, and its 'settings'
The two purported leaked images, unveiled
by The Verge, give an indication of what Cortana might look like. Instead of the
rumoured animated female, the main Cortana page shows a blue ring
instead, placed at the centre of the screen. The image also shows a
search bar at the bottom of the screen, besides a microphone icon. On
the top-right corner, one can see a music icon along with an icon for
what may be, the 'settings' page.
The second image purportedly
shows the voice-assistant's 'Settings' page (seen above), which includes the option
for Cortana Suggestions, Tracking flights and other information from the
user's mail, and also a naming option, which will enable the
voice-assistant to call the user by the chosen name.
courtesy the purported leak of Windows Phone 8.1 SDK files,
we were able to spot some of the expected features that might be
carried by Cortana. One of these leaked SDK images showed lines of code
that possibly represented Universal Search, with features such as
message search, music search including artist name, song, album and
playlist visible along with other things.
Another feature hinted
at by sources is the Cortana Notebook, acting as Microsoft's privacy control for Cortana.
Through the alleged Cortana Notebook feature, users can control the
amount of information shared with the digital-assistant.
Cortana voice-assistant feature is said to come along with Windows Phone 8.1, which is expected to
be unveiled at Microsoft's upcoming Build conference in April.