Thursday, 3 August 2017

Tech News: Facebook is Building a Video Chat Device

Social media giant Facebook is working on a laptop-sized touchscreen" and be announced next year, according to a report from Bloomberg on Tuesday.
The device is being developed inside Facebook's secretive Building 8 hardware lab, which is tasked with creating consumer hardware and shipping it to millions of people.

This will come with a touchscreen measuring between 13" and 15" diagonally, and might run a version of Android. It will feature a wide-angle camera and AI-powered microphones and speakers. The device is said to be in testing at the moment, including "in people's homes", despite still being in the prototype phase.

Facebook is also working on an Amazon Echo-like smart speaker, per Bloomberg, echoing a recent report from Digitimes that said the speaker is on track to ship in early 2018. 

Both devices will reportedly be powered by a Facebook voice assistant that functions similarly to Apple's Siri. The new devices represent a new phase in Facebook’s hardware ambitions.

Via Business Insider

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