Qualcomm widens support for Alexa, Cortana and the Google Assistant

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To boost its market share, Microsoft is planning to jointly build smart audio platform with Qualcomm.

As for the Smart Audio Platform, Qualcomm stresses that the Alexa version includes six-microphone far-field voice support while on the Google side, the company is stressing that the platform also supports Android Things, Google's Android-based software platform for IoT devices.

Harman and Lenovo are working with Qualcomm Technologies on home products including the new Lenovo Smart Display using the Qualcomm Home Hub platforms.

The world's largest smartphone chip company based in the USA said its two Qualcomm Home Hub platforms support Google's Android Things.

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"Our Smart Audio Platform helps allow traditional speaker OEMs to more efficiently join and participate in the growing smart speaker segment".

The new smart speaker development kit will be available through Qualcomm's authorized distribution channels.

With this announcement at the CES 2018, we can expect Qualcomm to enhance its support further for smart home devices and other IoT products.

These devices will be powered with Microsoft's Digital Assistant Cortana to bring in the high powered voice assistant to consumers. In addition, the company also announced that its Smart Audio Platform is now certified by Amazon for Alexa Voice Service and that it supports Microsoft's Cortana assistant, too.

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Qualcomm Technologies announced support for Android Things, the Google Assistant, Google Cast for audio and other Google services on the Qualcomm Smart Audio Platform. At the same time, Alexa just stole some (more) of Microsoft's CES 2018 thunder by unveiling a separate Windows 10 Alexa app that will appear on devices from HP, ASUS, Acer and other companies.

LG's previously announced ThinQ smart speaker with Google Assistant was built off this new Smart Audio Platform.

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

The 2018 Honda Accord also features a Qualcomm 4G LTE modem which is created to support the Hondalink vehicle connectivity system.

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