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The thought of Facebook launching its own smart speakers is incredibly scary

The thought of Facebook launching its own smart speakers is incredibly scary

Apple also just launched its HomePod device, and third party speaker makers are taking advantage of Amazon's open Alexa platform with dozens if not hundreds of their own speakers.

Amazon's Echo Show lists for $229.99 and is now on sale for $179.99.

DigiTimes recently learned from supply chain sources that Facebook won't be launching its highly anticipated Portal smart speaker - internally referred to as "Aloha" - this coming May. "According to estimates by market researcher Canalys, the global market sales of smart speakers are likely to double to over 50 million units in 2018 from 2017", the report states.

Facebook's smart speaker will join an increasingly crowded market that's dominated by Amazon's Echo devices and Google Home speakers. While the smart speakers were initially scheduled to launch in May, Facebook has chose to take some more time "for perfecting the acoustic quality of the gadgets and software modification".

The report cited its sources as saying: "The Aloha model is more sophisticated than Fiona, both designed by Facebook's Building 8 hardware lab".

Tillerson says Hezbollah 'part of political process' in Lebanon
The Lebanese government will reject any U.S. proposals to resolve a border dispute with Israel, which will be formalized by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during his visit to this capital, the Lebanese presidential office announced today.

Finally, the report notes that the speakers will be launched "in July at the latest", although no exact release date has been given.

Facebook is planning to launch two smart speakers with massive 15-inch displays this summer, according to new reports. A wide-angle lens on the front of the device will be able to recognize users. And that's why an addition of speaker in our home sounds one step too far; a further level of intimacy that the social network can gather data from.

If you are wondering about the Fiona smart speaker, unfortunately the report has not mentioned much. But both firms declined to comment on matters concerning clients.

It's undeniable though, that the smart speaker can be an awesome addition to our homes, for both making our lives easier and impressing our guests. Furthermore, Portal will come with more social networking functions and benefit from the music licensing contracts that Facebook has signed with Sony Music Entertainment and the Universal Music Group.


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