Harman Kardon speaker powered by Microsoft's Cortana gets certified

Google Home and Amazon Echo are among the most popular voice-activated speakers, but there's enough room for other companies to join this relatively fresh market.

Microsoft is another major player that's likely to adhere the fray, as the Redmond-based company plans to lend its Cortana personal digital assistant to Harman.

The information was confirmed by Harman back in December when the company published a video teaser of an upcoming voice-activated speaker. The new product by Harman Kardon would be powered by Microsoft's Cortana.

Since the device hasn't been unveiled at CES 2017 in early January, there's a chance Samsung, Harman's new owner might announce the speaker at Mobile World Congress later this month.

Regardless, a Harman Kardon speaker recently received its Wi-Fi certification at Wi-Fi Alliance, so the reveal announcement can't be too far away. The product's description mentions the speaker is powered by Cortana, and that it runs Linux version 3.8.13.

We're also attaching the video teaser released by Harman back in December, which offers a sneak peek at what's to come.



1. Xavier1415

Posts: 224; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

Hell yea!!

2. iushnt

Posts: 3160; Member since: Feb 06, 2013


3. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Cortana is not even release globally for Windows 10. I wonder what taking them so long.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Because MS will release an international Cortana in english. And after that they will focus per country because languages are different.

7. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I am using an English version of Windows 10, the restriction is geo-location. Unless i set region to US and accept the time zone different i wouldn't be able to activate Cortana. Looking forward to the day they remove that restriction.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

That's why they are working on international Cortana in english, because of this restriction.

4. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

Wondering the same. If Microsoft works just release a good wm OS and get done developers and apps ported over is switch from Android but I guess they've up on mobile


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Cool, i have H/K speakers at home.

8. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I think Amazon echo 2 has the right approach. A compact speaker for some sound and music, external bluetooth speaker connection for people looking for better audio and integration. Google Home speaker is somewhere in between. Good sound with bass presence in a compact package. And it can play very loud at maximum volume. Don't forget you could gang up multiple Google Home and play as a single unit.

10. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1109; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

My google home randomly started replaying my voice and changes volumes on its own. I asked if it believes in ghosts and it told me to call The Ghostbusters... I'm scared

11. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Its does act up on time, failing to play my requested song. So I would just power down and up to reboot the unit. Its a work in progress product. I have reboot it like three times in a month usage. Pretty acceptable for their first iteration.

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