Facebook is Developing new Smart Speakers with Touchscreen Display

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With the increase in the demand of smart home devices and the advancement in its tech, Facebook is entering the arena as well and will soon be launching their own Smart Speakers in 2018 — inspired by Amazon Echo Show, as they’ll reportedly also feature a 15-inch touch screen.

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Smart home assistants are one of the most popular smart home devices since the beginning of the revolution with many products from major tech companies like Google, Amazon, Apple and more in the market.

Google Home, Apple HomePod, Amazon Echo and many other are competing in the smart speaker market and Facebook will soon be competing alongside as the Internet of Things grow.

According to a report in DigiTimes on Tuesday that cited sources from “upstream supply chain”, the product will be manufactured by Taiwanese electronics manufacturing company Pegatron and designed by company’s Building 8 department.

“The 15-inch touch panel that Facebook’s smart speaker will use is supplied by LG Display, using in-cell technology. The speaker will also be equipped with a magnesium-aluminium-alloy chassis,” the report noted.

Amazon Echo Show

According to media reports, the smart speaker market is expected to reach $5.5 billion by 2022 while worldwide. And with more tech companies entering the market, the competition, as well as sale volumes, might soar up.

In 2016, a total of 5.9 million units of smart speakers were sold across the world and about 4.2 million of them were sold in Q4 of 2016. This goes to show the increasing popularity and demand of the smart home device.

According to media reports, the smart speaker market is expected to reach $5.5 billion by 2022 while worldwide. And with more tech companies entering the market, the competition, as well as sale volumes, might soar up.

It is rumoured that the device has already begun small volume of pilot production at Pegatron’s plants in China.

“Since Pegatron already has iPhone orders from Apple as well as Surface and Xbox One orders from Microsoft, if the company’s orders from Facebook are true, Pegatron’s performance in the second half is expected to grow higher,” the report added.

(With inputs from IANS)

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