Cortana, the Microsoft-made personal assistant, is now available for all to download on Google Play. Still sporting a beta tag, Cortana offers most of what Siri or Google Now provides you, with exception that she is powered by Bing, Microsoft’s search platform. When speaking to Cortana, you can ask her to set alarms, get calendar event reminders, and quite a bit more.
Google Handwriting Input, lets users handwrite text on their Android mobile device as an additional input method for any Android app. Google Handwriting Input supports 82 languages in 20 distinct scripts, and works with both printed and cursive writing input with or without a stylus. Beyond text input, it also provides a fun way to enter hundreds of emojis by drawing them (simply press and hold the ‘enter’ button to switch modes). Google Handwriting Input works with or without an Internet connection.
If, for some reason, you’re looking to run Android apps on a computer, you now have a simple way to pull it off as long as you have the Chrome browser installed. According to Ars Technica, Google has opened its App Runtime for Chrome (ARC) tool to anyone looking to try out Android apps on a computer. ARC works inside the Chrome browser regardless of operating system, so Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome OS users should all be able to test Android apps on their desktops and laptops.
Amazon has announced it’s largest giveaway bundle ever! Starting December 24th and running until December 26th, Amazon Appstore will offer a number of paid apps and games for free, as part of the largest Free App of the Day bundle ever. The bundle includes apps and games from developers like Halfbrick Studios (Fruit Ninja), Rovio Entertainment (Angry Birds) and SEGA (Sonic the Hedgehog), which range in price from $0.99 to $64.99, all for free—saving customers up to $220.
Most modern smartphones can be turned into portable Wi-Fi hotspot and other devices, such as a laptop computer, can connect to your phone’s network, via USB tethering or Bluetooth tethering and you can share your device’s Internet connection with them. Follow this guide to get tethering set up on your phone.