It emerged earlier this month that a bug in Microsoft's Cortana app for Android was disabling the microphone of users' handsets. This was due to the app's "Hey Cortana" feature, a functionality that lets users give their phones commands without the need to touch them, which was found to interfere with Google's "OK Google" feature. This then makes basic phone features like making calls and recording audio unusable.
In line with this issue, a new update to the Cortana Android app has been released, which now disables the "Hey Cortana" feature. Here is the complete changelog of the app:
- Improved app stability.
- Enhanced call and text features.
- Removed “Hey Cortana” feature for US market
It is not currently known if Microsoft will bring back the feature in future updates. For now, the app can be downloaded in the Google Play Store, but is only available in the United States and China.