Facebook is planning its own voice assistant

Facebook wants to bring its own personal digital assistant on the market. He should serve primarily to control Facebook devices with the voice. Whether he will be a real competitor to Alexa and Google Assistant, is still open.

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He could hot Facebook Assistant, the first assistant of Facebook. The social network has confirmed a press report from CNBC, in the of the work to a private digital assistant. CNBC has referred to Facebook staff, to no longer be working for the company.

“We are working on the development of language and AI-assistance techniques, which are suitable for our entire family of AR/VR products, including Portal, Oculus, and future products,” said a Facebook spokesperson, The Verge and Reuters. In order for the Work to a private digital assistant has been officially confirmed.

According to CNBC’s sources, the project of the Ira is headed Snyder, head of the AR – and VR-Department in the case of Facebook, which was also for the smart Display Portal responsible. According to his LinkedIn profile, Snyder is two years ago Facebook and also for a product called Facebook Assistant is responsible. That might be the voice assistant, is currently being worked on. Prior to that, he worked for 24 years for Microsoft. The development of the digital assistant to be in Redmond in the U.S. state of Washington. In the city is the headquarters of Microsoft is located.

No date for Facebook’s digital assistant

The information from Facebook is open, what is the scope of the function the language assistant will have. Mainly it’s Facebook, apparently, to their own devices with the voice control. Whether a Facebook Assistant can record it at the end with the skills of Alexa or Google’s Assistant, is uncertain. Open is when this could appear. In any case, Facebook would have to catch up a lot, because both of these digital assistants have grown in recent years.

Since November of 2018 Facebook sold in the USA, the smart Display by the name of the Portal in two versions. Both devices run on the Amazon’s Alexa and this is voice control. The beginning of this year it became known that Facebook employees have illegally written Amazon reviews to the Portal devices.

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