Qualcomm at the CES 2018 announced that Qualcomm Smart Audio Platform now helps manufacturers to reduce development time of smart speakers featuring Cortana, Google Assistant as well as Google Services and Alexa Voice Service (AVS).
Key features of the Qualcomm Smart Audio Platform include 6 microphone Far-Field Voice and always-ready wake-word detection for highly responsive and precise voice activation, integrated Hi-Fi audio playback and post-processing algorithms for premium sound quality, Qualcomm AllPlay multi-room networking solution for whole-home synchronized audio streaming, and advanced application processing capabilities for a customizable and responsive user experience.
LG will showcase LG ThinQ Speaker which comes with Google Assistant built-in at the ongoing CES event.
The Qualcomm Smart Audio development kit with support for the Amazon Alexa Voice Service is in production now. Qualcomm Smart Audio Platform with support for Android Things is available to select customers today, and it is expected to be available for all in the first half of 2018. Qualcomm Smart Audio Platform with support for Cortana is expected to be available in the first half of 2018.