Facebook Is Hoping You'll Drop $500 on Its Smart-Home Device

Facebook Is Hoping You'll Drop $500 on Its Smart-Home Device

It will reportedly feature a screen on the front like Amazon's Echo Show and Lenovo's new Android Assistant-equipped Smart Display, plus a camera with a wide-angle lens and facial-recognition technology that will help users connect with their Facebook accounts. "We have shared that Building 8 is working on consumer devices that will bring people together in new ways", it added, referring to Facebook's experimental hardware lab.

Facebook is now planning to officially unveil the device at its F8 developer conference in May and then ship it before the end of the year. Like other smart speakers, it is meant to be used indoors, and can be controlled with voice commands. The device may also play nice with streaming services like Spotify and Netflix so people can use it to play music, TV shows, and movies. The company recently signed sweeping music licensing deals with Sony/ATV and Universal Music Group. A Facebook spokesperson said in an email, "We are not commenting on these speculative reports". Facebook ad exec Andrew Bowsworth was appointed to lead the company's hardware efforts last summer.

BlackBerry promises "at least" two new smartphones in 2018
Starting January 12th, you'll be able to order the Snapdragon 625-powered Motion from Amazon or Best Buy here in America for $449. BlackBerry also announced a new Bronze color variant for the BlackBerry KEYone at the event: The Bronze Edition KEYone .

Facebook's been looking to compete with Amazon, Apple, and Google in the hardware space for years, but it's faced internal challenges. "Facebook intends to pitch Portal as a way for families and friends to stay connected through video chatting and other social features", Cheddar reports. However, that price isn't set in stone just yet, and it's said that Facebook is willing to give the device at a lower cost to spur user and consumer adoption rates. (Amazon, by contrast, sells the Echo Show for $230.) CEO Mark Zuckerberg has told employees that he doesn't care if the device generates profit but rather wants it to change user behavior and encourage phone-like usage among owners. Facebook's Oculus VR division is separately planning to release a cheaper standalone headset called Oculus Go this year.

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