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Qualcomm brings Smart Speaker Platform which also supports Cortana

Qualcomm brings Smart Speaker Platform which also supports Cortana

We recently saw it appear in the gorgeous Johnson Controls JCI Glas thermostat and Qualcomm has announced the Smart Audio platform that will support Cortana in the future, suggesting we may eventually see home hubs similar to the Lenovo Smart Display, but powered by Cortana instead. "Support for Microsoft technology on Qualcomm Technologies powered smart speakers will help to empower people's creativity and productivity at work and at home".

Besides, Qualcomm's Home Hub platform can be termed as the most powerful platform when it comes to computational efficiency and effectiveness. So the kit has everything one could need, plus Qualcomm has a reference design manufacturers could utilize.

Synaptics: This ODM (original design manufacturer) and far-field voice processing vendor produces reference designs for consumer IoT, smart speakers, PC and more that are integrate Cortana.

This comprehensive solution is engineered to help reduce the complexity of smart speaker development, improve development time and reduce cost.

Qualcomm Technologies announced radio frequency front-end (RFFE) design wins with OEMs such as Google, HTC, LG, Samsung and Sony Mobile.

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The technology company is enabling, through the integration of Qualcomm Aqstic and Microsoft's digital assistant Cortana, voice recognition capabilities in the platform to create seamless voice-driven experiences in the home. In addition, the company also announced that its Smart Audio Platform is now certified by Amazon for Alexa Voice Service and that it supports Microsoft's Cortana assistant, too. It can even support displays at a 720p resolution (Adreno 304 or 308 GPU) and Google Cast.

Qualcomm Smart Audio Platform with support for Android Things is available to select customers today, and it is expected to be generally available in the first half of 2018.

Qualcomm's Cortona announcement is good news for Microsoft, but it'll be tough for it to convince hardware OEMs to choose Cortana over Alexa or Google Assistant - Harmon Kardon's Invoke is a great-sounding speaker, for instance, but Cortana is its weak point.

The 2018 Honda Accord also features a Qualcomm 4G LTE modem which is created to support the Hondalink vehicle connectivity system.