Facebook to launch their own speakers gadget with touch
Jul 26, 2017, 00:48
Facebook (FB) must be feeling left out of the smart speaker market.
Following loosely in the footsteps of Apple with its premium HomePod device, and Amazon with its touch-screen Echo Show, a new report published Tuesday by DigiTimes claims that Facebook, too, has hopped on the smart speaker hardware bandwagon, and is now in the preliminary stages of developing its own commercially-available device. The only question that pops up in our mind when we hear about Facebook's plan is that it does not have a virtual assistant like Siri or Alexa so how will it create a speaker? Facebook's tipped smart speaker is said to feature a 15-inch touch display, enabling users to interact with the device visually. Despite Samsung's stance, research firm Strategy Analytics has forecast a $5.5 billion smart speaker market, as early as 2022, while it also reported that 5.9 million such devices were sold in 2016. All this information comes from the sources in the supply chain of the product. Amazon recently started selling a similar speaker called the Echo Show that features a large display. Its chassis will be made from a magnesium aluminum alloy, while LG Display will supply the touch panel that uses In-Cell technology. Additionally, the report claims that "small scale production" of the Facebook speaker has already begun at one of Pegatron's factories in China. Facebook is obviously looking to pick up the battle while the trend is still gathering speed among competitors and is allegedly on course to offer something different than what the niche already centers around - namely, a screen-operated speaker.
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