Harman Kardon's Cortana speaker will reportedly support Spotify, Pandora, and more
We recently got a glimpse of the setup experience for upcoming Harman Kardon Cortana speaker, called Invoke, on Windows 10, and now an update to the Cortana app for Android is giving us an even closer look at what to expect. Specifically, an update rolling out to some users and spotted by MSPU packs a new devices section that reveals the speaker will support a range of streaming music services, including Spotify.
According to the report, the device setup experience is close to what we saw on Windows 10, only with an additional option to set up a default music service. As you'd expect, the list of services detailed in the setup process includes Groove Music, but Spotify, Pandora and others make an appearance as well. The full list of streaming services includes:
It's not entirely clear how many users have received the update enabling the devices section just yet, and it's always best to take these kinds of early looks with the requisite grain of salt; things can always change. It's also worth noting that the text under the Spotify setup appears to be a placeholder, given that it's an exact copy and paste of the text for the Pandora setup. Still, it wouldn't be entirely surprising that a device like the Invoke, which would be taking on a category currently dominated by Amazon's extremely capable Echo, would tie into some of the most popular online music services in some manner.
As for the Invoke itself, not much is known about the speaker outside of what has been gleaned in our looks at the setup experience. The Cortana-powered speaker was initially teased with a video introduction (seen below) in December with the promise that it would debut in 2017. It's entirely possible that we could learn much more about the Invoke with a reveal at Build 2017 in May, but we'll have to wait and see.
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Tried being all in with Microsoft's ecosystem but they make it hard for you to be. Literally
Just come out already
We know how it feels right now, but nobody knows for sure that they're dropping Win10M. And if they do, only to replace it with Win10 on ARM which does exactly the same thing.. then so be it! I am personally conflicted here. I'd like this speaker becauase i have 20GB of music on OneDrive, but I don't trust them anymore
I live in Dallas / Fort Worth, and ads have ran.... People talk about getting "one".... Where do you live?
To the point of the article, using beta Cortana, I recently got the devices and music options. Was wondering what they were for.
Edit: Forgot about Famtana/homehub improvements that are supposed to come. I just don't know if I'm willing to wait until September and I am not spending my money twice in similar accessory products in different ecosystems.
Example: Cortana w10m =/ Cortana android/ios/xbox/w10.
Fact: Seeing this is powered by linux and not w10,...
Estimated guess using logical progression:... I related it to android and guessing it'll have closely resembled functionality.
Mixed reality (which most ppl think of as vr...yes I know WE knows the difference. I'm talking about general public). Nope.
Digital assistant. nah
Car systems. No
Home automation. Uh hun
What's next are those things and they are virtually non existed.
I do give them gaming with project Scorpio. I think the next big thing won't be coming anytime before those things and ms's brand may be dead before the next big thing arrives that completely overtakes the world. I also question your "fast enough to establish themselves" claim.
Very true and well put !!
This throws doubt into the future of this partnership with Microsoft on this product.
It's going to be hilarious