This week Microsoft takes center stage in our Weekly Wrap, as the company has officially announced that their virtual assistant, Cortana, will be made available as downloadable app for Android and iOS. While this announcement wasn’t much of a surprise, it will certainly be interesting to see how many iPhone and Android users will ditch Siri and Google Now in favor of the Halo-themed virtual assistant (which is powered by Bing).
Other stories include Facebook’s new Instant Articles and restaurant reviews, as well as Bing’s #HowOldRobot feature. Check them all out (and more) below:
- Instant Articles is Facebook’s new way of pushing content directly from publishers in front of its users, and it has quite a bit of promise for marketers/advertisers.
- If you’re tired of using Yelp for restaurant reviews, don’t worry! Facebook is rolling out a new review service that lets you and your friends rate the best (and worst) places to eat.
- Have you tried out Bing’s hilariously buggy how-old.net? (It says I’m 31 in one picture, and 17 in another – neither of which are true!) Well, it turns out that the search engine is working on integrating it into their online image search.
- If you’re on an iPhone, you can now open mobile app content directly from Google search results, thanks to Google’s new App indexing for iOS apps.
- And speaking of Apple and Google, did you know that a new report estimates that 75% of Google’s mobile search revenue comes from Apple devices? That’s quite the hefty sum!
Did we miss any other big new stories? Let us know in the comments section below.