Facebook Smart speaker-After Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Apple, it seems that Facebook is also going to enter the melee of companies investing in smart loudspeakers. According to Digitimessources , Facebook intends to release a “Facebook Smart speaker”, instead of focusing on developing voice recognition capabilities, the company will focus more on image visualization by integrating a 15-inch display into the speaker.
The product that Facebook would be working on would be somewhat more like the Amazon Echo Show rather than the Google Home, Amazon’s Amazon Echo, and Apple HomePod.
For those who do not know it, Amazon Echo Show is a product that became part of the Amazon’s Echo smart home smartphone line in May, which is more than just a loudspeaker, it’s a home device with WiFi Integrated with a seven-inch screen, a camera, a loudspeaker and powered by the Alexa digital assistant that plays multimedia content and responds to voice commands.
Smart loudspeakers have become an interesting market for high tech companies that are also developing their own digital server – Amazon has Alexa, Microsoft has Cortana, Apple has Siri – while Facebook does not have its own voice system, so with the Its smart speaker would like to point to something that is not vocal speech functionality.
What could be a display in a loudspeaker? Taking the Amazon Echo Show as an example, you may see the texts of Amazon Music, Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn and other music services on the display, or you may see the video feed of the home security cameras, or Manage the intelligent thermostat or turn on / off the lights of a room with support for different third-party platforms. As Facebook is, it can not be ruled out that posts and notifications can be displayed on the display for social network accounts that users will be able to associate with.
If rumors are confirmed, Facebook is not thinking of Samsung as such on the market. In fact, it has recently emerged that Samsung does not intend to develop its own smart loudspeaker right now because it believes the global speaker market is already dominated by Amazon.
Returning to the speaker rumored to Facebook is working, this is expected to be produced by Pegatron Technology with the 15-inch display panel that should be provided by LG Display, reporting rumors. The speaker frame is expected to be in aluminum magnesium alloy.
Facebook’s speaker is already in the phase of ‘pilot production’ at Pegatron’s plants in China, with the launch currently scheduled for the first quarter of 2018.
According to the Strategy Analytics research firm , in 2016, smart speaker shipments reached $ 5.9 million, of which 4.2 million were shipped in the fourth quarter of 2016. By 2022, the smart speaker market should reach $ 5.5 billion.
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