Cortana debuted earlier this year, but it was only available for users in the United States, with the personal assistant making its way to other regions lately. Microsoft did announce that Canadian-localized version of the personal assistant would launch by the time Windows Phone 8.1 update rolls out in the region, but it was still available in select regions. It was also available as a part of the Windows Phone Developer Preview, but users had to tweak their region settings to make it work, but it seems it won't be the case soon.
Cortana is set to make its debut in Canada with the Lumia 830 in the coming days, albeit in alpha form. Nokia Canada mentioned the Lumia 830 will offer an early build of Cortana so everything may not work as smoothly as you would expect. Furthermore, the personal assistant will also make its way to other devices once the Lumia Denim update starts rolling out in Canada in the coming months.
Lumia 830 will launch in Canada through several retailers and carriers in the region. The exact availability and pricing details are not yet available, but we'll update you as soon as they are announced.
As a quick recap, the mid-range flagship device, Lumia 830, comes with a 5-inch 720p display, a quad-core Snapdragon 400 SoC, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. There's a 2,200 mAh battery, a 10MP Pureview camera with Carl Zeiss Optics, and optical image stabilization, 0.9MP front-facing camera, wireless charging, 4G LTE connectivity and runs Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim out of the box.
So, if you're thinking about getting a mid-range Windows Phone device with good photographic capabilities, Lumia 830 is worth waiting for, now that it will also feature the Canadian version of Cortana.