Tencent technology news, February 14th according to the supply chain of Electronic Media Times quoted insiders said Facebook, the latest in July of this year will launch two smart speaker products, codenamed Aloha and Fiona, two smart speakers will be equipped with 15 inches touch screen, can help users with family or friends video chat or keep in touch. And also built a variety of social functions. It also marks the Facebook's entry into the smart box market.
The Facebook's move will further boost the global smart box market, sources say. At present, the smart box market is full of heavyweight competitors, including the figures of the technology giants such as Amazon, Google, Microsoft and apple. In addition, many Chinese companies, including Alibaba, have also been involved in the market. According to Canalys, a market research agency, the sales of global smart speakers will double from 2017 to 2018.
According to sources from the supply chain, Facebook originally planned to launch this product in May. But in order to have more time to improve product design and software system, it was decided to postpone it to July.
It is reported that these two smart speakers will be equipped with 15 inches in-cell touch screen, while Pegatron will become the only manufacturer of Facebook intelligent speaker. At present, Facebook and Pegatron are declined to respond.
According to the sources, the model called Aloha is more complex than the other Fiona, and the two products are designed by Facebook 8 Building hardware laboratory. The final product of the Aloha model is Portal, which supports facial recognition and voice command control, and is equipped with a wide angle camera on the front.
In addition, Portal will also have more social networking functions. Facebook has signed a music licensing agreement with SONY and globe entertainment to enrich the product's functions.
Market observers say that a high - resolution touch screen and a smart camera will be the biggest selling point for the Facebook smart phone. In particular, compared to the best - selling Amazon Echo Show, the latter is equipped with a 7 inch display screen.
Facebook plans to build its own ecosystem through smart speakers over the next five years. The smart speaker is only the first step, and the future Facebook is expected to launch more intelligent terminals.