Apple Siri, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant may soon face the competition.
Since early 2018, Facebook has been working on a language assistant, CNBC reports, citing corporate insiders. By the way, there were reports that the social media group was preparing to develop a smarthome device with the video chat feature called Portal. The portal came in the autumn last year in two versions actually on the market.
Facebook's voice assistant can control the portal
The device will be like Orulus VR goggles or a possible new hardware suitable for driving with the upcoming language assistant. The still unnamed assistant for language is being developed by an expanded and virtual reality department that works with hardware such as the Oculus devices, as CNBC calls it. Information about the language assistant program should come from two former Facebook employees.
The developer's team, led by Ira Snyder on Facebook, is said to have turned to intelligent speaker manufacturers. Perhaps Facebook is running for hardware support for its assistant. But the information is not confirmed.
So far, such efforts have not been successful in terms of Facebook AI assistants. In 2015, the social network launched an AI Advisor named M for its application. M should help users with smart referrals. The assistant, however, was heavily dependent on human support and could not prevail. The end of the project came in early 2018.
It's not easy to have Facebook on the market for voice assistants or suitably controlled smart speakers. This market is dominated by Amazon with its echo devices and Google with its home devices. In Germany, one in every eight people aged 18 and older uses a smart loudspeaker with a digital assistant, a Bitkov study reveals in the autumn of 2018. More recently, Amazon Alexa has been criticized for a possible disruption to the consumer.
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