From apps to modular phones, Facebook is said to be trying its hands on a lot of different things lately. Now, a report by DigiTimes claims that the social network giant is working on a touch-screen operated the smart speaker.
Facebook's sudden entry into the foray of smart speakers doesn't really come as a surprise. In recent time, AI-powered smart speakers have been generating a lot of interest among the customers. While currently, Amazon's Echo is dominating the market, Google Home is not far behind. Also, Apple is going to release its own smart speaker called HomePod later this year.
Coming back to the alleged Facebook speaker, it is believed to come with a 15-inch inbuilt touch display. So other than voice commands, it could be operated with that display as well. The source says this feature will make the speaker stand out.
The device is said to be designed by Facebook's Building 8 and manufactured by Taiwan-based company Pegatron Technology. The source further reveals that we will get to see the speaker in the first quarter of 2018.
Other than that, we don't have any information about the upcoming smart speaker. Hopefully, more details regarding the device will surface in the upcoming days. Also, you shouldn't forget it is just a tip, which should be taken with pinch of salt.
Not only Facebook, there are rumors suggesting that other tech giants like Microsoft and Samsung will soon introduce their own smart speaker units. However, Samsung has dismissed these claims as false, stating that Amazon's Echo has a monopoly over the global market.