Facebook Working on Its Own Smart Speaker with 15-inch Touch Panel

Facebook is apparently jumping on the smart speaker bandwagon, with a new report Tuesday out of Taiwan claiming that the social networking giant is looking to take on Amazon’s Echo, Google’s Home and Apple’s HomePod smart speakers.

Sources in the supply chain told trade publication DigiTimes that the Facebook speaker will be outfitted with a fifteen-inch screen built by LG Display and using in-cell technology.
Following Amazon, Google and Apple, Facebook is also rumored to be planning to release a smart speaker product, but instead of voice recognition functionality, the company will focus more on image display and will adopt a 15-inch touch panel for the device, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
Given Facebook’s social prowess, it is likely that the company will use the 15-inch touch display on its smart speaker to display photos from your friends, family, and followers and other relevant information to go along with it.

After the massive success of Amazon Echo and its virtual assistant, Alexa, Apple also jumped on the smart speaker bandwagon by unveiling HomePod at WWDC this year. Unlike Amazon’s offering and Google Home though, the Siri-powered smart speaker focuses more on music quality. Given how much more expensive the HomePod is ($349) compared to its competition, I’d say the excellent music quality will only help the speaker differentiate itself from others. As it is, a Siri-powered speaker itself is unlikely to get consumers to spend money on it.


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