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Microsoft Working On New Smart Speaker

12 May 2018, 04:44 | Justin Tyler

Microsoft is working on a Cortana smart speaker: Report

Microsoft may build a Cortana powered smart speaker

Apple, Amazon, Google and Microsoft all are running in the race of smart assistant and a recent report published by a security company who tested all intelligent assistants posted that Google Assistant is the fastest and reliable one. Another reason could be the limited availability of this smart assistant like it is now only available in window devices like laptops and tabs. The report also mentions that the smart speaker will be powered by the Snapdragon 212 SoC.

Even this is also not clear whether the company will launch two smart speakers together like Google and Amazon or it will launch a single speaker with all premium qualities like Apple's HomePod.

According to Winfuture.de's sources, Microsoft is working with ODM Quanta to create a smart speaker.

This week was a big one in the tech ecosystem with Microsoft and Google both hosting their big developer conferences.

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

There are rumors Microsoft may be building its own smart speaker. The AI arena can be a bloodbath for Microsoft due to the fierce competition between Amazon and Google. Google Home, on the other hand, has exceptional AI smarts exclusively to the astounding capabilities of the Google Assistant. I also share my experience with the Nest Hello Doorbell and the Nest Yale lock before we answer a question about moving music from room to room using the Amazon Echo. But because of Cortana being not as popular as the other assistants, it never really stole much market share.

Microsoft fans would like to see Cortana on a platform other than Windows 10. Harmon Kardon, owned by Samsung Electronics, is actually a good audio equipment maker.

Microsoft works on a lot of products, but only a few make it to the market. Microsoft doesn't want Cortana to end up like Windows Mobile.

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