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

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The device could be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 quad-core processor.

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

According to German site Win Future, Microsoft is working with Taiwanese manufacturer Quanta Computer on this possible smart speaker. For those unaware, Microsoft a year ago launched the Invoke speaker powered by Cortana.

Microsoft works on a lot of products, but only a few make it to the market. The AI arena can be a bloodbath for Microsoft due to the fierce competition between Amazon and Google.

The launch of this Cortana supported smart speaker is still covered, but the documentation points towards an early start so that they can include a large number of people before the launch of any other versions of Apple HomePod, Google Home Mini and Amazon's Echo. Smart speakers with virtual assistants continue to grow even though we're seeing attempts from some companies flounder with their first device.

As of 2017, Alexa controlled a huge 62% worldwide market share among digital assistants, while Google Assistant recorded impressive growth and captured a market share of 25%. If Microsoft is planning to manufacture the speaker in their own name, then it is very likely that it will fall under the Surface brand.

Microsoft fans would like to see Cortana on a platform other than Windows 10. The smart speaker aimed to take on the likes of Amazon Echo, which is powered by Alexa and Google Home that comes with Google Assistant. Maybe just because Microsoft was wise enough to think that fighting a lost battle is pointless, that it demonstrated the Alexa-Cortana integration in its Build 2018 conference.

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