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We recently reported that Microsoft and Harman Kardon are working on a new speaker powered by Cortana. The Cortana speaker will be called Harman Kardon Invoke, and it will also feature Skype integration. Today, Microsoft released a new update to the Cortana app on Android for some users which brings a new Devices section that lets you set up the Harman Kardon Invoke. The new setup UI and Devices section in Cortana for Android works very similarly to the one that was recently spotted in Windows 10.
More interestingly, the update reveals a major feature of the Harman Kardon Invoke. In addition to Microsoft’s Groove Music, the Harman Kardon Invoke will include support for some of the world’s most popular music streaming services. This, obviously, includes Spotify. But if you aren’t a Spotify user, you will also be able to stream content from services like Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn which is very neat.
The setup UI for the Harman Kardon Invoke looks and feels very polished at the moment, which could possibly mean that the speaker will be available for purchase sometime soon. Microsoft is expected to talk about Cortana on speakers like the Harman Kardon Invoke next month at Build 2017, which we’ll be covering live from Seattle — and that should certainly be quite interesting.
I was told that Microsoft will show off and detail Cortana on speakers (and possibly the Harman Kardon Invoke) at Build 2017 next month.
— mehedi (@mehedih_) April 26, 2017
While we know quite a lot about the Harman Kardon Invoke, the device’s price still remains a mystery. It shouldn’t be too long before we get to hear more about the speaker from both Microsoft and Harman Kardon, so make sure to stay tuned to MSPU for more on the Invoke and Cortana-powered speakers.