Qualcomm is making Cortana smart speakers easier to build

Qualcomm is making Cortana smart speakers easier to build

Luckily, Qualcomm has announced that it's Smart Audio Platform, which includes microphone, speaker and voice recognition tech, now supports Cortana.

A senior executive from Qualcomm said that, taking the benefits of the capabilities and features of Cortana, manufacturers can deliver user experiences on a new platform.

The world's largest smartphone chip company based in the US said its two Qualcomm Home Hub platforms support Google's Android Things.

The Home Hub platform is the most powerful of these (at least in terms of computational power) and, among other things, forms the basis for the Google Assistant-enabled smart displays that Lenovo and others are announcing today.

Qualcomm Home Hub platforms, SoMs, reference designs and development boards using Android Things are expected to be available in first quarter of 2018 through Intrinsyc Technologies Corporation. All of these platforms, the company hopes, will allow other hardware manufacturers to more easily build devices that support these virtual assistants.

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Qualcomm announced that the Qualcomm Smart Audio Platform has been qualified by Amazon for the Alexa Voice Service (AVS). The company also released a smart speaker development kit based on the Smart Audio Platform.

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

With this announcement at the CES 2018, we can expect Qualcomm to enhance its support further for smart home devices and other IoT products.

"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. At the same time, Alexa just stole some (more) of Microsoft's CES 2018 thunder by unveiling a separate Windows 10 Alexa app that will appear on devices from HP, ASUS, Acer and other companies.

Meanwhile, the 2018 Honda Accord features Snapdragon Automotive Platform to power applications for its in-vehicle infotainment and navigation system.

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