Rumor: Microsoft’s Siri-like “Cortana” will be able to unlock your phone by recognizing your voice


One of the most exciting Windows Phone features to leak in recent times is “Cortana.” The Halo-inspired voice assistant is said to be more like Siri than the current Windows Phone voice commands. One unique way that Microsoft will be using Cortana is to unlock your phone, according to a rumor from CtechCN.

Apple introduced Touch ID on the iPhone 5S to allow users to unlock their phone just by using their fingerprint. Before that Google introduced Face Unlock to make your face the passcode. Microsoft’s approach to the lock screen could involve your own unique voice. Cortana will be programmed to recognize your “voiceprint” and only unlock the phone for you.

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This certainly sounds very cool, but in real world usage it might be a little gimmicky. We can’t foresee many people wanting to talk to their phone in public just to unlock the screen. The other feature that Cortana could have is currently being displayed on Moto X TV ads. Cortana will always be listening for commands, even when the screen is off.

Would you use these features?

[via PhoneArena]

  • Mike E. Delta

    I try to use the voice features as much as possible, especially helpful when driving so I can focus on the road and I don’t want to wear a headset. It has to get to know me so we can understand each other… =p

  • Edgar Cervantes

    I would use voice commands. I do very often. Would be nice if Windows Phone gets more treats in this department.

  • Heimrich Gundesalf

    My screen has broken twice, rendering touch unusable. Yes, I would use it then. Its not a cool feature, its something needed.

  • Elitana

    This would prove to be useful for me for sure, especially for unlocking. There are times I want to use my voice commands, but if the phone is locked I have to unlock it first before I can do that. When I am on the road, I want to be as hands free as possible.