Qualcomm widens support for Alexa, Cortana and the Google Assistant

Qualcomm widens support for Alexa, Cortana and the Google Assistant

Qualcomm Technologies announced that its Smart Audio Platform now supports Microsoft's digital assistant Cortana.

The world's largest smartphone chip company based in the US said its two Qualcomm Home Hub platforms support Google's Android Things. That will make it a lot easier for smart speaker manufacturers to build devices around the neglected bot, instead of Google and Amazon's more popular platforms.

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. "The platform is created to be a unique end-to-end single-vendor smart speaker solution integrating our unique and powerful processing, as well as proprietary audio technologies engineered for high-resolution audio, networked audio, echo cancellation, beamforming, noise suppression and barge-in wake-word detection".

You'll find more on Qualcomm's Smart Audio Platform right here. So the kit has everything one could need, plus Qualcomm has a reference design manufacturers could utilize.

Qualcomm is expanding the capabilities and product applications for its Qualcomm Mesh Networking Platform and Reference Design.

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"Microsoft and Qualcomm Technologies are collaborating on a variety of strategic projects, and we're pleased that Qualcomm Technologies are bringing support for the power of Cortana to their Smart Audio platform", said Jordi Ribas, Corporate Vice President, AI Products, Microsoft.

Qualcomm Technologies also introduced the new Qualcomm Low Power Bluetooth SoC QCC5100 series to help manufacturers develop a new generation of compact wireless earbuds, hearables and headsets. The device will be available in the market like in the mid 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.

Chinese new energy company, BYD Company, announced the selection of Qualcomm Technologies' automotive solutions for upcoming electric vehicles from BYD.