Microsoft reportedly working on self-designed smart speaker

Microsoft reportedly working on self-designed smart speaker

Last year, Microsoft debuted in the field with Cortana-powered Harmon Kardon Invoke, but it garnered nearly zero market share and failed miserably.

Smart speakers are one of the usual gadget present in our house, but these are the only gadgets that speak when you ask them a question or gives them a task to do like to add an item in your shopping list and many more daily tasks.

Now news has come up that Microsoft is currently working on a Cortana based smart speaker to compete with other rival company speakers like Google's Home, Apple's HomePod, Amazon's Alexa and many more. Similarly, in a vice-versa scenario, while operating a device housing Cortana as the default assistant, the user would have to request Cortana to invoke Alexa. Having a proprietary OS does have its benefits, like Apple, where Siri comes are the default voice assistant and can be invoked with just your voice. Smart speakers with virtual assistants continue to grow even though we're seeing attempts from some companies flounder with their first device.

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Despite having been in the virtual assistant business since 2014, both Amazon and Microsoft struggle for the same reason - not having their own native operating systems on which mobile devices run.

The tech giant is working with Taiwanese electronic hardware manufacturer Quanta Computer on the speaker, though the project is still in its very early stage, according to German site WinFuture.

At CES 2018, Qualcomm also revealed that its smart home technology also supports Cortana. Google Home, on the other hand, has exceptional AI smarts exclusively to the astounding capabilities of the Google Assistant. The report also mentions that the smart speaker will be powered by the Snapdragon 212 SoC. The smart speaker aimed to take on the likes of Amazon Echo, which is powered by Alexa and Google Home that comes with Google Assistant.

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