CES 2018: Qualcomm's Smart Speaker Platform adds support for Microsoft's Cortana

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At CES® 2018, Qualcomm Technologies International, Ltd., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), today announced that its Qualcomm® Smart Audio Platform now supports Microsoft Cortana. Microsoft envisages Cortana being built into all manner of devices, including phones, Xbox, mixed reality headsets, computers, intelligent smart speakers and more.

According to Qualcomm, the new development kit will help developers and audio manufacturers to simplify the development of smart speaker products at various price points. The goal of this new platform is to enable the rapid acceleration and creation of smart speakers in the industry, where manufacturers have to spend less time on design and the tech inside, while also being able to choose from Alexa, Google Assistant, or Cortana.

"With support for both Linux and Android Things operating systems, as well as voice services from major cloud providers, the Smart Audio Platform offers manufacturers a variety of choices to help them participate in the growing smart speaker opportunity", Qualcomm said in a statement.

As part of a wider push on smart voice services, the chipmaker is expanding its mesh networking platform to include support for voice recognition.

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You'll find more on Qualcomm's Smart Audio Platform right here. The enhanced ability of the Home Hub makes the operations easier for the Google Assistant-integrated smart displays from the makers such as Lenovo and others.

Besides, Qualcomm's Home Hub platform can be termed as the most powerful platform when it comes to computational efficiency and effectiveness. OEMs of all sizes will be able to purchase these platforms and use Android Things software to make products that provide consistent and familiar interactions, while adding custom Android Package Kits (APKs) to create differentiated user experiences.

The Qualcomm Home Hub platforms, SoMs, reference designs and development boards using Android Things are expected to be generally available in first quarter of 2018 through Intrinsyc Technologies Corporation.

Qualcomm is at CES 2018.

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