Facebook's smart speakers coming in October

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The smart speakers would be Facebook's answer to similar devices like the Amazon Echo, Google Home and Apple's HomePod.

Facebook is mulling a plan to sell its upcoming smart speakers internationally before launching them in the USA, as American users and politicians have increased their focus on Facebook and user privacy, according to two people who have had discussions with the company about the devices.

Trump-affiliated research firm Cambridge Analytica scraped users' data unknowingly from third-party apps on the platform and used it to try to influence the 2016 presidential election. Talking about the smart speaker, let's find out more about it!

The recent scandal concerning Facebook's way of handling the private data of its users led to an entire legion of websites updating their privacy policy documents.

Portal, which is internally also referred to by the codename Aloha, comes from Facebook's Building 8 consumer hardware lab. So far, there's been few details about this device.

The world's largest social network has been using facial recognition for years and recently started notifying users if their faces appear in photos they aren't tagged in.

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A patent application for an "Electronic Device" from 2016 could reveal what Facebook's touchscreen video chat device will look like.

As the name suggests, the smart speaker of Facebook is going to be Facebook's smart home gadget which will allow the user to message anyone from home via voice talks.

Of course, that would mean the company's speaker sporting a screen, which isn't obvious from this application.

One of Facebook's smart devices, likely the video chat device with the laptop-touched touchscreen, will cost around $499, but Facebook could lower that price. Figure 7 shows what could be the speaker standing vertically, with a screen and some buttons sitting beneath, however this drawing is labelled as "bottom side", so seems unlikely for now. The devices will also come equipped with a smart voice assistant, which is essentially Facebook's answer to Amazon's Echo and Alphabet's Google Home products. So, one has to wonder if Facebook is indeed developing two separate devices or whether it just tested both and plans to launch only one. Facebook has to hope it can compete with these heavyweights, but it's smart enough to know that releasing products that collect data, especially at a time of great public crisis, isn't going to help. Since the beginning of F8 2018, a bunch of interesting announcements has been made by the CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg.

Rumors have been circulating about what Facebook has in store for the devices.

Facebook's smart speakers: When will they launch?