The Harman Kardon Invoke will become a Bluetooth Speaker only by July. Slowly, Microsoft has been removing Cortana from their devices and platforms, but this latest bit of news might be one of the most damning moves that it has done.
While other devices or platforms only had Cortana as an added feature, Microsoft smart assistant happens to be the very essence of the Harman Karon Invoke smart speaker. With the Cortana’s upcoming departure, it would lead to downgrading the speaker into just a Bluetooth audio accessory presuming that you would get an update before the end of June.
The Harman Kardon Invoke will become only a Bluetooth Speaker
The Smart Speakers were the top best things of a few years ago, and basically, anyone that has their own AI assistant owns one. And of course, Amazon got the ball rolling with the Echo and Alexa, with Google Home and the Google Assistant following very soon. Before Apple could actually Launch its very own HomePod for Siri, and however, Microsoft decided to partner with Harman Kardon in other to get Cortana included. Cortana, however, happens to now be leaving and the Invoke would not be the same without it, literally.
And since Cortana happens to be the basic reason for the Invoke’s existence, it absence makes the speaker basically pointless. But rather than waste what is otherwise an actually decent audio product, The Harman Kardon Invoke will become only a Bluetooth Speaker, one that cost $200 back in the year 2017.
Using Harman Kardon Invoke Before July Ending
The catch-best part is that the Invoke would get its last update before June 30, 2021. Strangely enough, the Harman Kardon would no longer make the firmware that is available after that date for some reason. Not regarding the date, the company is advising all the owners to keep the speaker connected to their Wi-fi until the network functionality is automatically disabled on July 31, 2021. Users are also expected to not change their Wi-Fi and username and password until the last date of the disabled.
Although it is not something surprising, it also happens to be an inelegant way for a smart speaker in other to downgrade to a Bluetooth speaker. Owners of Invoke speakers also happens to be eligible for a $50 gift card that is from Microsoft for all the trouble that they would be going through and for once believing in the company’s commitment to Cortana and Cortana-integrated products. It would hurt a lot of people that the Harman Kardon Invoke Will Become only a Bluetooth Speaker because it was really great.