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"Facebook Inc (FB) Working On Smart Speaker With 15" Touchscreen

The niche of smart speakers has been gathering both speed and investments, as consumer interest in the products cause more and more tech players to develop own such gadgets.

The social media giant is planning to come up with a smart speaker that would rival Google Home, Amazon's Echo, and Apple's upcoming HomePod. Although Amazon has a significant head start, it looks like competition in this area will heat up over the next year.

Facebook (FB) must be feeling left out of the smart speaker market.

According to the report, Facebook's smart speaker will be manufactured by Pegatron, and it will witness its release in the first quarter of 2018. What's really interesting about the alleged Facebook speaker is that it will seek to distinguish itself from contemporary voice-operated speakers by featuring a built-in 15-inch touch display, instead of focusing on a wholly voice-operated setup.

Facebook, though, is developing a smart speaker with a 15-inch touch panel that focuses more on image display than voice recognition, Digitimes reports, citing "sources from the upstream supply chain".

The company has not made any official announcement about the features and functionality of the speakers, but the tech gurus prediction is that it will be leveraging the Facebook's messenger, videos and photos features to give a seamless experience to the customers. This will give local vendors including China-based iFlytek, JD and Alibaba opportunities to push their Chinese-supporting smart speakers.

Facebook is not the only one coming up with a smart speaker. The market is expected to hit $5.5 billion in annual sales by 2022.


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