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Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, Cortana and Car Bluetooth continued

Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, Cortana and Car Bluetooth continued

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David Meego - Click for blog homepageLast week, I posted an article about a really cool new feature in Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 (currently available on Developer Preview).

See the blog Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, Cortana and Car Bluetooth for details how to add Cortana as a contact to your car's Bluetooth system to allow you to use Cortana on a car system that does not normally support using the phone's voice dialling capabilities.

Over the weekend, I discovered something else that makes this new feature even more amazing.

Normally, to get Cortana working the following exchange has to happen:

  • Me: Press Phone Button
  • Me: "Dial Name"
  • Car: "Please say the name"
  • Me: "Cortana"
  • Car: "Would you like to dial {Cortana}"
  • Me: "Yes"
  • Car: "Dialling Number"
  • Cortana: "Beep"

This process takes some 15 to 20 seconds before I can talk to Cortana.

What I discovered, was that if the last number dialled was Cortana (which it will be if I use Cortana for everything), then pressing the hangup/redial button would call Cortana.

So the process is now:

  • Me: Press Redial Button
  • Cortana: "Beep"



While talking Cortana, check out these latest videos:

Get Started with Cortana (direct link)



Siri vs. Cortana - Happy Anniversary (direct link)




  • So do you think we're likely to see the fixed lumia cyan update for those on developer preview before update 1 preview comes out? You would think that MS would want update 1 to run alongside lumia cyan on nokia devices as Im guessing you cant upgrade straight to update 1 without going to 8.1 first.

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