It seems to Building 8 of Facebook are doing very seriously as a possible breakthroughs. After rumors about the possible arrival of a modular smartphone, as evidenced by a patent filed by Zuckerberg’s company, it seems that the division led by Regina Dugan is working on an intelligent speaker.
Unlike Amazon Echo and Google Home , the Facebook device should not have artificial intelligence capable of recognizing voice commands. The input should be entrusted to a 15-inch touch screen provided by LG, while the device assembly should be entrusted to Pegatron Technologies, which has already handled some iPhone’s Surface series of iPhone.
The speaker, which should be built with a magnesium-aluminum alloy, should therefore aim to provide superior audio experience rather than become a virtual assistant, going theoretically to challenge Apple HomePod with the advantage of a dedicated screen .
The launch of the new Facebook speaker should start in the first quarter of 2018, but there is no official confirmation, so we remain in the hypothesis.