Rumour: Microsoft and Quanta may be working on own-brand Smart Speaker


Voice is one of the easiest ways to interact with any gadget. Amazon's marketing tactics for the Echo gave it a good headstart and its success was a lesson on the virtue of being first.

But, considering this scenario the company is now planning to launch its smart speakers with its well known smart assistant enabled in that named "Cortana". While Google brought its Assistant in Home, Apple introduced it in Homepod.

According to a report published today, Microsoft isn't terribly thrilled with the very low market share garnered by the Cortana powered Harman Kardon Invoke smart speaker.

But that will not keep Microsoft from thinking of making a smart speaker themselves instead of relying on hardware partners.

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At CES 2018, Qualcomm also revealed that its smart home technology also supports Cortana.

There aren't many details about the Quanta speaker and at this point, most observations are based on reference material that only makes note of a Snapdragon 212 processor pair with a couple of early mockups. It carries four Cortex-A7 cores running at a clock speed as fast as 1.3GHz, and includes the Adreno 304 GPU.

The development reflects that Microsoft was clearly feeling left out in the smart speakers' arena, yet despite recent setbacks, the company has not given up the market of smart speakers. As Microsoft embarks on a rehabilitation of its brand by exercising the negative connotations of Windows from its name, another Surface-like reference device for smart home speakers could be just the trick for Surface owners looking to complete their "new" Microsoft ecosystem of hardware. Microsoft's Cortana came in "others" (13%), individually it might negligible. However, one can presume, the speaker will have a cylindrical design as is common with most smart speakers.