Google selects HARMAN as audio technology partner
The collaboration will feature audio devices for Google’s Ara Mobile Device and Project Soli
STAMFORD, CT – May 20, 2016 – HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE:HAR), the premier connected technologies company for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, and Google, a multi-faceted leader in the digital space, today announced a new audio partnership at Google I/O 2016.
This extended collaboration between HARMAN and Google will include modules for Google’s new modular mobile device, Ara. This device will give customers complete choice over the features they value, including the highest quality audio from a HARMAN-designed module. HARMAN’s 80-year audio heritage and deep expertise in the Android operating system will be critical elements in the development process.
In addition, HARMAN and Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects Group (ATAP) are also working closely together on Project Soli. Soli uses radar to enable new types of touchless interactions, one where the human hand becomes a natural, intuitive interface for devices. The Soli sensor can track sub-millimeter motions at high speed and accuracy to enable precise and effortless hand gestures.
“HARMAN is at the forefront of engineering flexible, personalised smart audio solutions for the professional, consumer and automotive markets and we are excited to partner with Google, a long-time HARMAN partner on many fronts, to bring to market totally customisable mobile devices,” said Michael Mauser, President, HARMAN Lifestyle Audio. “Consumers now understand they don’t have to sacrifice sound for portability, and Ara will give them premium audio and the functionalities they want on the go. We look forward to collaborating with Google on other innovations incorporating smart audio in the future.”
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HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions and connected services. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. The Company's software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 29,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $6.7 billion during the 12 months ended March 31, 2016. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.