Amazon’s Echo devices have been very successful so far, no wonder the company keeps on adding new products to the lineup. Microsoft is looking to compete against the Echo devices by working with its OEM partners on smart speakers powered by its virtual assistant, Cortana. HP has confirmed today that it’s building its very own Cortana speaker.
Just yesterday, the much anticipated Harman Kardon Invoke speaker was officially announced. It’s a new smart speaker from the audio giant that brings the power of Cortana to your home. Microsoft confirmed today that it’s working with HP to create a new speaker that’s going to run Cortana.
Microsoft is going to work with Intel on providing a reference platform for Cortana-enabled devices, this will enable Microsoft’s virtual assistant to make its way to a variety of hardware products. It’s unclear what specs HP’s speaker is going to have and when it’s going to arrive. It’s also not known how much it’s going to cost.
However, Harman Kardon is going to be one of the first, if not the first, to come out with a Cortana-powered smart speaker. Its features include Skype calling, smart home control, 360-degree speakers, and more.
Microsoft continues to improve Cortana’s feature set and will keep doing so in the coming months. We can expect these devices to be capable of doing a lot so it will be interesting to see how they compare to Amazon’s Echo devices.