TECH: Facebook To Launch Two Smart Speakers By July

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Facebook has taken a dive into hardware which might be happening. With its new smart speakers been available starting July, according to a Digitimes report published Wednesday.

Portal, the Facebook-connected video chat device will apparently have two models announced at the social media company’s developer conference in May.

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The devices, has been code named Fiona and Aloha, will then be available to order in July, according to a report from Digitimes based on leaks from supply chain sources outfitting the devices.

The speakers will have 15-inch touchscreens, but one of the models will be higher quality — something like a Google Home and Google Home Max. The main device, Portal, will include facial recognition and voice-controlled technology.

Facebook has music licensing contracts with Sony and Universal, according to the Digitimes story. So the devices won’t just be for video chatting and social media. Portal details in January revealed the product as an Amazon Echo Show competitor.

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