Text contained within images can now be automatically translated by Microsoft Translator, following an update to the Android app. It will therefore be no longer necessary to manually enter text in many circumstances, potentially making the app much quicker to use.
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An Android version of Cortana, Microsoft’s digital personal assistant, has leaked on to the internet. The unofficial release came via Microsoft’s Insider programme, which has been testing the software.
Microsoft’s impressive development of its Android apps has continued, with a major new feature added to OneDrive. The cloud storage app now offers Chromecast support, meaning that it is possible to view files stored on the service via a larger screen.
It has been widely expected for some time that Samsung will be more revolutionary with the Samsung Galaxy S6 than they were with its predecessor. Current speculation suggests that the forthcoming flagship Android smartphone will come with less Samsung apps, and may even offer Microsoft apps preinstalled.
It is not a secret that Cyanogen is seeking greater control over Android. The company develops its own open source version of Google’s mobile operating system, and is reportedly targeting big-name investors as it looks to increase its independence.
There is speculation that Microsoft could be planning a major change in strategy when it comes to apps on Windows Phone devices. The company is said to be considering introducing Android apps to its smartphone platform.
There is now another way to display photos on a big screen, with Chromecast functionality having been added to Microsoft Xim. The app provides an easy way to network devices together in order to share photos.
Microsoft is set to launch its own high-end streaming media stick. Similar to Google’s Chromecast, the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter allows content to be streamed from devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones directly to larger screens.
Microsoft has been giving the Android version of its OneNote software a lot of attention recently, and that has continued with a significant update hitting the Play Store. The latest version of OneNote for Android tablets includes a refreshed design, as well as some promising-looking new features.
Microsoft has signalled its increasing commitment to Android, having announced a beta programme for its OneNote app. The move should see development of the note-taking app accelerate, as the company will have access to a decent amount of user feedback.