This is only the beginning though, as according to sources, Facebook intends to produce and entire range of video enabled devices and the touch-screen smart home speaker is the first of these developments.
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Facebook's smart speaker will join an increasingly crowded market that's dominated by Amazon's Echo devices and Google Home speakers. What Facebook has in mind when it chose to include 15-inch touchscreens into its smart speakers, however, is a bit different.
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Instead of May, Facebook is targeting a mid-2018 release, with sources claiming that the device could most likely launch in July at the latest. When Apple released its Siri-powered smart speaker, many applauded its sound quality.
The devices won't be Echo or HomePod lookalikes.
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"The Aloha model, to be marketed under the official name Portal, will use voice commands but will also feature facial recognition to identify users for accessing Facebook via a wide-angle lens on the front of the device", the report added. Fiona, on the other hand, doesn't have much information floating about regarding it. 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. Both LG Display and Pegatron declined to comment on the leaked information though.