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Mobile Roar Podcast 35: CarPlay, Cortana, and the Oscars

This week the guys are back from MWC to talk mobile news. Apple makes iOS in the car official with “CarPlay,” Microsoft’s Siri-competitor leaks on video and makes it onto The Tonight Show, and Samsung steals The Oscars.

Cortana goes mainstream, makes it into The Tonight Show monologue

When Microsoft’s upcoming Cortana voice-assistant leaked in a video earlier this week it was incredibly popular. At one point it was trending on both Twitter and Facebook. Cortana was so popular that it even made it into Jimmy Fallon’s opening monologue on The Tonight Show.

First video of Cortana in action in Windows Phone 8.1

Here it is, folks. This is the big one. What we’ve all been waiting for. Cortana voice-assistant in Windows Phone 8.1 on video. This is the real deal. In the video below we can watch a new user set up Cortana for the first time.

First clear look at Cortana in Windows Phone 8.1

All the rumors leading up to this point mentioned an “animated circle icon” that would represent Cortana. We can finally see this icon today. It may look like the Eye of Sauron right now, but in real life it will be rotating and spinning when Cortana is speaking or performing an action.

Windows Phone 8.1 Cortana features we know so far

Yesterday a bunch of new details emerged about how Cortana will work in Windows Phone 8.1. This was the first time we really got a look inside how Microsoft’s voice-assistant will work, and how it will compete with Siri and Google Now.

Details emerge on how Cortana will work in Windows Phone 8.1

While everything has been leaking from the Windows Phone 8.1 SDK one feature has managed to stay a mystery: Cortana. Microsoft’s answer to Siri and Google Now has been talked about a lot, but in terms of actual features we know very little. Even the name “Cortana” was uncertain at one time.

New leak gives us a look at Windows Phone 8.1 Cortana icons

We’ve been seeing so many leaks of Windows Phone 8.1 that it’s easy to forget that there are still more features. Microsoft left out some of the bigger consumer-facing features from the WP 8.1 SDK. Still, even some of those have managed to get leaked.

Windows Phone 8.1 Cortana will be powered by Foursquare

Earlier this week Microsoft invested $15 million in Foursquare. At the time we talked about how Microsoft would use Foursquare’s data to beef up location services and search results in Windows and Windows Phone.

[Rumor] Cortana voice assistant launching in April for Windows Ph...

One of the most highly anticipated new Windows Phone features is the Cortana voice assistant. Despite being rumored many times we don’t really know a lot about what Cortana will even do. Today the MSFTnerd has posted a few alleged details on how Cortana will work.

Check out this cool Windows Phone 8.1 Cortana concept

Cortana is one of the most anticipated and rumored features of Windows Phone 8.1. The information about this alleged feature has been scarce, and we don’t even know if it will be a launch feature at all. Either way, it has captured the imagination of many Windows Phone fans.