Even though Google Assistant is the best option Android users have today for a mobile assistant, some still prefer to dive a bit deeper into Microsoft’s ecosystem where Cortana is king queen. Last year Microsoft brought Cortana to Android, and today it’s updating the app with a brand new design and other improvements.

Cortana’s new look brings a clean, simple design with the things you use most often, such as reminders or weather, front and center. That also means that setting reminders or viewing them is just as quick to access through tapping as it is when using voice controls. Those reminders, of course, still sync up with Cortana on a Windows 10 PC or laptop as well. Cortana’s “cards” have also been cleaned up to a certain extent and this latest update also brings back the “Hey Cortana” hotword.

Along with the revised looks, Microsoft has also made performance enhancements to the app, allowing users to find results more quickly while on the go. The new update is available over the coming days on Android and rolling out over the coming weeks on iOS.

Microsoft has also finally made Cortana available for users in the UK, a welcome addition even though the app has been available in the US for well over a year. The app is available to download on Google Play.

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