Published: Sat, April 20, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Facebook working on voice assistant to compete with Alexa

Facebook working on voice assistant to compete with Alexa

The endeavor is led by Ira Snyder, whose listed title on LinkedIn is "Director, AR/VR and Facebook Assistant at Facebook". This is the same division that works on Oculus products. This week, Facebook dropped the price of its video chat device Portal from $199 to $99 for the next month - not a good sign the company is moving units. That project never took off in any significant way and was eventually axed by the company in 2018.

Not the first: Facebook tried to release a virtual helper once already.

When this rival to Siri, Alexa, etc. will launch is unknown. As well as Oculus headsets.

The virtual assistant market is already overcrowded with at least a dozen companies around the world all trying to push their own product.

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The Lion Air crash in October and the Ethiopian Airlines crash in March took the lives of 346 people. CEO Dennis Muilenburg said pilots have completed 120 flights on the jets using the updated software.

This would not be the first time that Facebook built a digital assistant. Therefore, Facebook will be very late in the game if this rumor is true. However, there are no details on what Facebook's new assistant will be called or how it would be used.

Currently, AI-enabled Portal video chat service of Facebook is making use of Amazon's Alexa. Also, if you like our efforts, consider sharing this story with your friends, this will encourage us to bring more exciting updates for you. So it wouldn't be hard to catch up, unless it only wants to sell actual hardware to its customers. Amazon has a 67-percent market share in the U.S., with Google at 30-percent, for smart speakers.

Smart speakers are slowly replacing tablets at home Tablet sales are in gradual decline as smart speakers continue to rocket ahead, according to analyst predictions. It has been working in the local language since January this year. Especially during the holiday season. That is where a voice assistant comes into play.

All that said, Facebook certainly has its work cut out for it in this area.

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