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Facebook, as expected didn't showcase its smart speaker at the F8 conference. But surprisingly, the company might not launch the device in the US anytime soon.
According to the latest reports, Facebook might be planning to launch the speakers overseas. This could be due to the scrutiny Facebook has faced amid the data scandal. According to CNBC, Facebook is "mulling a plan" to sell the device in the international markets before the US.
Previously, Bloomberg reported that the social media giant will delay the launch of its smart speakers which were slated for a launch at Facebook's F8 developer conference in May.
But what can we expect from these smart speakers? Well, if the reports are to be believed, we will get two variants. Both devices will feature Facebook's own smart voice assistant that is closely related to M, the company's A.I. program. M has previously made an appearance, as it was responsible for a personal assistant chatbot that lived within Messenger.
The Bloomberg report also claims that the devices will feature a video-focused device codenamed Aloha which will possibly be called Portal. The device is expected to come with 15-inch touchscreens manufactured by LG. It will also have a standalone speaker that would be priced lower than the former.
Few other reports say Aloha or Portal will offer more social networking functions. The company seems to have signed deals with Sony and Universal Music, which may add more features to the smart speakers.
Moreover, the company at the F8 Developer's Conference made many announcements. Facebook will be bringing a new privacy feature that will allow users to delete data the social media platform has collected from sites and apps that use its analytics tool.
Facebook announced it is working on a dating service which will be launched soon. A dating service from Facebook makes absolute sense; in fact, it's surprising how the company didn't start the service earlier.
Besides, Instagram will be getting the video chat feature soon. The app will also get a new filter that protects users from bullying comments. Additionally, enhancements to the Explore tab will also be seen in the future update.