I shared my impressions on the new digital assistant from Microsoft, Cortana for Android.

The APK file leaked over a month ago, but now Microsoft decided to release an open beta officially for everyone to try.

Microsoft published a post on its Windows blog stating the benefits of trying the new digital assistant on an Android smartphone. Scroll down to the bottom of the article to find the disappointing news that Cortana is only available in the US.

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If you are in a different country, you can still install the leaked APK file and give the assistant a try. Remember that to do it, you need to turn on the “Unknown sources” option in your device’s settings; install Cortana and turn the Unknown sources button back off to avoid unwanted spam or viruses.

If you happen to live in the United States, all you have to do is click on the following link, join the Cortana beta program and install the app from Play.

Hopefully, Microsoft will open the beta program for people around the world; I will let you know when that happens.

Cortana enables you to ask questions like “What are the restaurants closest to my location?” or “Can you please set an alarm?” and get an instant answer. Cortana can also replace Google Now on Android by leaving the home button pressed – that way you can use Microsoft’s digital assistant instead of Google’s.

You can read my impressions of Cortana for Android here, and watch the assistant in action after the break.

Have you tried Cortana on Android? Please leave me your comments below.