Laboratory Building 8, which belongs to Facebook, apparently decided to compete with Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Apple, having released in In the middle of this year, at once two models of " smart " columns. They go under the code names Aloha and Fiona, but the first should go to market as Portal.
What is Portal?
ABOUT the Portal column has already been reported . This will be a 15-inch touchscreen display with speakers and camera, synchronized with Facebook. The AI-helper will allow voice commands to put the likes in social network, and also conduct video chats with friends and relatives.
The column is also credited with a face recognition system: the owner will be able to look at the camera, and when the system recognizes it - go in your account in Facebook and communicate with friends. In addition, it is rumored that Portal you can watch movies and listen to music through the cooperation of Facebook with Sony / ATV and Universal Music (an agreement already in pocket), and Spotify and Netflix (so far only negotiations are under way).
Initially it was planned to show the " smart " column on the conference F8 in early May, but now the announcement had to be postponed in July: it is necessary to improve the acoustics of devices and modify the software.
The second model will become more accessible, but and not such " pumped " , as Portal. It will also have a 15-inch touchscreen, but already without the support of the face recognition system. TO word, displays for both devices will LG, and The assembly will be handled by the Taiwanese Pegatron, Apple.
The budget version of its column Facebook will show in the summer.
Who are the competitors
Now on market are " smart " speakers from Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Apple, so the competition is quite serious. But researchers from Canalys predict that in 2018 in the world will be sold 50 millions of columns - in two times more than in 2017 year.
However, the price of Facebook devices can be a negative factor for buyers. By rumors, Portal will cost $ 499, and This is twice the price of the Amazon Echo.