Facebook will launch a pair of smart speakers

Smart speakers are currently the hottest new device in the world of consumer tech. The class was produced by Amazon, which rolled out the Amazon Echo back again again in 2015. Consisting of a speaker and a virtual assistant, the smart speaker can be used to control smart appliances in a house flow music, purchase a pizza, make calls, send communications get sports activities scores, listen to the news/weather and more.

Once the Amazon Echo and its Alexa virtual assistant caught on with the public, other tech firms began to offer their own variations of the device. Google released the Home series featuring Google Assistant, Microsoft launched the Invoke with Cortana and previously this month the Apple HomePod came to market with Siri. Samsung is stated to be working on a smart speaker of its own that will feature Bixby. The number of smart speakers believed to deliver globally in 2018 will double from final year’s deliveries to reach more than 50 million models according to analytical firm Canalys.

Facebook is looking to compete with Amazon’s top-selling Echo Show
Now, it appears as though Facebook is going to join the parade. The latest buzz around the water cooler suggests that the social press organization has been screening two smart speakers code called Aloha and Fiona. In accordance to a recently printed report, each models will feature a 15-inch laptop-sized touchscreen permitting customers to talk to buddies and family via video chat. The panels will come from LG Display, and each models will be put together by contract manufacturer Pegatron. Facebook has signed music licensing deals with Sony and Universal Songs to provide content for the smart speakers. By offering this kind of a large screen, Facebook is going up towards Amazon’s best selling Echo model, the Amazon Echo Show. The latter comes with a 7-inch display/

The model codecalled Aloha will retail as the Portal, according to industry sources and will have more social press functions than the unit with the Fiona codename. The Aloha will also offer face recognition through the use of a wide-angle digital camera on the top of the unit. This will allow customers of this device to rapidly sign into Facebook by using their face.

Originally scheduled to be released in May, Facebook has pushed back again again the launch of its smart speakers till July. The industry sources say that Facebook wants more time to perfect the acoustics of its smart speakers. There is no word on which virtual assistant will be employed on Facebook’s two devices.

source: Digitimes