27 February 2018
Qualcomm has announced at the CES that its Smart Audio platform now supports Cortana Google Assistant, and Alexa as well. The company back in June 2017 launched the Smart Audio platform and said that soon it will support the Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Cortana as well, and today the support is officially available.
The platform integrates the hardware and software that are required to build smart speakers. The platform is helpful for the manufacturers that are building the smart speakers as it reduces the time and cost of developing them. Not all the manufacturers have the technical resources to develop a connected platform.
The platform is embedded with powerful Multicore ARM and Qualcomm Hexagon DSP platform architecture. Its advanced capabilities include support for the high-resolution audio and far-field voice capabilities that run at low power for always-on standby mode.
Anthony Murray, senior vice president, and general manager, voice and music, Qualcomm Technologies International, Ltd said,
We are pleased to support the powerful capabilities of Microsoft Cortana Digital Assistant for smart speakers on our Smart Audio Platform. Our audio platform is now designed to offer greater flexibility for manufacturers wanting to deliver highly differentiated user experiences taking advantage of the power and personalization capabilities of Cortana.”
The support for Cortana is expected to be available in the first half of 2018.
Along with this, the company announced the support for Android Things, the Google Assistant, Google Cast for audio and other Google services. The Google Cast for Audio will help the users to stream the music they love from mobile devices to smart speakers throughout home. According to Qualcomm, LG's ThinQ speaker that will be showcased at the ongoing CES event is built using its Smart Speaker platform.