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Though it might be hard to believe, Microsoft’s Android apps are actually pretty great How Microsoft Took Over My Android Phone How Microsoft Took Over My Android Phone It's honestly surprising how many Microsoft apps are available for Android -- and they're really good! Read More . From the Office apps to a great launcher What Is the Best Free Android Launcher? What Is the Best Free Android Launcher? Nova launcher, Apex launcher, and dodol launcher are all solid free launchers, but which is the best? We put them to the test. Read More , there are enough Microsoft offerings that you might prefer them to Google’s tools.

Cortana made her debut as your personal assistant in Windows 10, but she’s present on Android and iOS, too. As a powerful alternative to Google Now, she can alert you to traffic jams, alert your PC to missed calls on your phone, and sync reminders between your devices.

If you’re a Cortana addict, you’ll be happy to know that Microsoft is testing the ability to bring Cortana to your phone’s lock screen. You don’t have to wait, though — through Android’s beta testing program How to Get New Features in Android Apps Before Anyone Else How to Get New Features in Android Apps Before Anyone Else Want to beta test new versions of your favorite apps before they're officially released? It's now easier than ever. Read More , you can get this new feature running right now.

Open the Cortana app page on your phone’s Google Play Store app, then scroll down to the bottom. Under the Become a beta tester heading, touch the I’m In button and agree that you might run into bugs when using beta software. After a few minutes, you’ll be a beta tester for the app and can download the latest version from Google Play.

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Once you have the new version installed, open the Cortana app and she’ll tell you about her lock screen presence. Just swipe right or left on the Cortana logo to activate her. This works with any lock screen, so you don’t have to switch to a dedicated app.

For more, check out how to sync your Android notifications to Windows 10 using Cortana How to Sync Android Notifications With Windows 10 Using Cortana How to Sync Android Notifications With Windows 10 Using Cortana You can now sync Android phone notifications with Windows 10 and act on them. We guide you through the setup with Cortana and explain how you can manage your phone from your desktop's Action Center. Read More .

Do you use Cortana on your Android? Let us know if you’ll try this new beta feature, and what you think of having Cortana on your lock screen!

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