Facebook is allegedly developing its own touch-screen-operated smart speaker
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.
The device is allegedly designed by Facebook’s Building 8 department, manufactured by Taiwan-based company Pegatron Technology and should be released in the first quarter of 2018.
The news of a Facebook speaker comes amidst weekly speculations that other big-name tech enterprises, such as Microsoft and Samsung, might as well reveal own smart speaker units. However, the Korean tech giant recently rebutted such claims, saying that Amazon heavily dominated the global market, adding that it does not view AI speakers as marketable.
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. 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. After the smartphone craze put slick touch-screen devices into the pockets of billions of people in the span of less than 10 years, we now seem to be getting on another wave of gadgets that seems set to flood more and more homes.