Qualcomm announced its own platform for Smart Home speakers
The intelligent speaker ecosystem has yet to materialize in India, but was considered as the “next big thing” abroad. Given our propensity for new technology, it is inevitable that these speakers will eventually reach India, and the announcement of Qualcomm Today could be the starting point for this. The company announced Qualcomm smart audio platform in its developer conference on music and voice in Shenzhen today. The platform is, of course, guided by Qualcomm chips.
This essentially means that Qualcomm sees the potential in this industry, as in smartphones, it wants to boost the ecosystem with its chips and software. In this way, Qualcomm also simplifies new businesses, especially smaller ones, to quickly develop intelligent speaker systems. The platform essentially demands as a kind of plug and play for developers and OEMs that do not have massive resources like Google, Amazon or Apple.
Intelligent audio platform includes technologies such as echo cancellation, noise cuts, support for voice assistants and the “reliable” voice interface for noisy environments. There is also a “Capture” capability and developers can sign an Amazon pre-built Assistant as Alexa Assistant or Google.
In addition, Qualcomm enables Allplay multi-room audio technology using its technology. It should be an Achilles heel, at least initially, although with more OEMs using the Qualcomm platform, Allplay could also be more useful. When Amazon Eco Home and Google can not work with each other, Qualcomm Allplay can allow different speakers to operate synchronously with each other. “The Allplay compatible speakers are designed to be easily set to read synchronized music in multiple rooms, different music in multiple speaker zones and surround multiple channel wireless speakers in the same room,” says Qualcomm.
Of course, this depends on whether the team really wants this to happen, which is unlikely to say the least. Most companies want the consumer to stay in their own ecosystems, especially large ones like Apple, Samsung, Google and others. Smart audio platform Qualcomm also allows Linux and Android operating systems things, allowing greater interoperability if the OEM chooses mode. The use of Android Things also make them speakers compatible with Google Cast.