As I was catching up on the official press releases for today’s #MoreLumia event I noticed that in the post detailing the upcoming changes in Lumia Denim, my favorite feature (besides the 4K video of course) is the new always on Cortana. Something a lot of us asked for a while back but were told wasn’t possible with the current chipset in devices; however according to the official Nokia conversations post this feature will only be available for some devices.
The wording in the post is a bit tricky, as one article suggests that only the Lumia 1520 and 930/Icon will get this feature (besides the newly announced Lumias of course):
The new “Hey Cortana” feature available will also come to the Lumia 1520, Lumia 930 and Lumia Icon, allowing you hands-free access to Cortana, waking up your most helpful digital assistant with just the sound of your voice calling out “Hey Cortana”.
However in the detailed post about Lumia Denim it’s mentioned that the “Hey Cortana” feature is possible thanks to SensorCore, a feature that Nokia implemented in their WP 8.1 devices, as well as the Lumia 1520 and the Lumia Icon:
“Hey Cortana” Voice Activation – Gone are the days of pressing the microphone button to wake-up Cortana. Simply say “Hey Cortana” while the phone is idle and Cortana will activate.This is possible thanks to theSensorCore technology.
Should the latter prove true, and Sensorcore is indeed a requirement (and the only requirement) for the new feature to work, then we can expect it to be available on all sensorcore enabled devices which include the following:
- Lumia 1520
- Lumia 930/Icon
- Lumia 630
- Lumia 635
However since Nokia opted out of mentioning the Lumia 630 and 635 in the official announcement, it’s possible that this new feature also requires 1GB of ram as a minimum, something the Lumia 630/635 does not have (512 MBs only). This is of course a bummer, especially for people who opted for the imaging flagship the Lumia 1020, or are still rocking the 920 or other devices; but hopefully with time Nokia and Microsoft can bring this feature to all devices.