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Last year, Microsoft was one of the first companies to jump onto the assistant default settings, enabling you to set Cortana as your default assistant (if, for some reason, that's something you wanted to do). Shortly after Google's announcement, Amazon stated that Alexa works with over 12,000 devices, presumably to flex on Google.

Prior to this update, users had the ability to switch their voice assistant from Google as well. On the other hand, Alexa is not pre-loaded on a majority of Android smartphones, which means that users first have to download it from the Play Store. At home the user might say "Alexa, open Cortana" to check on a work meeting or to call up the name of a co-worker. And you can now change the default voice assistant on an Android phone to Amazon's Alexa or Microsoft's Cortana, the Verge recently uncovered. You will see Amazon Alexa option, tap on it to select the default assistant. You cannot summon Alexa by using voice commands, nor can you use it by squeezing your phone. You'll still have to use "Hey Google" or "OK Google" as a wake command, which will still bring up the Google Assistant.

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Microsoft still isn't giving a timeline as to when its virtual assistant, Cortana, will support integration with Amazon Alexa - something the companies had announced previous year.

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In case in the event you wish to return back to the past and B ring Google Assistant back to all you own operations, you only have to pick Google because the default option Assist program. After all, Cortana is most dominant in PCs, while Alexa is most dominant in smart speakers. Microsoft will also allow this cross-platform feature for Alexa on Cortana.

Alexa activated by long-pressing the home button, once set as default.

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