Facebook aiming for July release of two smart speakers

Facebook smart speakers Aloha and Fiona to launch by July, report says

Facebook will launch two new smart speakers in July, claims report

According to Taiwanese trade publication DigiTimes, Facebook's smart speakers aim to facilitate connections between family and friends, via video chat and other social integrations. Then, Facebook soon to launch the smart home speakers for you.

Amazon's Echo Show lists for $229.99 and is now on sale for $179.99.

According to the report, Aloha and Fiona will come with 15-inch touchscreens manufactured by LG.

This innovative idea by Facebook will surely increase the smart speaker demand in the global market.

Facebook's smart speaker will join an increasingly crowded market that's dominated by Amazon's Echo devices and Google Home speakers.

Supply chain sources said that Facebook was originally slated to release the devices in May, but has chose to reschedule the launch to allow more time for perfecting the acoustic quality of the gadgets and software modification.

Instead of May, Facebook is targeting a mid-2018 release, with sources claiming that the device could most likely launch in July at the latest.

The report cited its sources as saying: "The Aloha model is more sophisticated than Fiona, both designed by Facebook's Building 8 hardware lab".

Amazon outfitted the Echo Show with a 7-inch screen so that it could have a display panel that serves as an extension of the device's functions. What Facebook has in mind when it chose to include 15-inch touchscreens into its smart speakers, however, is a bit different. One is said to feature facial recognition to identify users for accessing Facebook through a wide-angle lens on the front.

Amazon and Google are now the major players in the smart speaker business, with the former being the undisputed king of this product category. On the other hand, the Fiona model is believed to have less advanced functionalities, but it will include voice commands. The company seems to have signed deals with Sony and Universal Music, which may add more features into the smart speakers. But both firms declined to comment on matters concerning clients.

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