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Facebook building its own voice-assistant like Amazon Alexa and Google Home

Facebook is working on its new voice-based assistant, to take on Amazon Alexa and Google Home.

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New Delhi Published on: April 18, 2019 11:50 IST
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Facebook building its own voice-assistant like Amazon Alexa and Google Home

Facebook, the social media giant is working on its new voice-based assistant, to take on Amazon Alexa and Google Home, for its Portal video chat service and other future projects. Facebook's current AI-enabled Portal video chat service currently comes with Amazon Alexa.

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According to the CNBC report on Wednesday, the social network is "unclear how exactly Facebook envisions people using the assistant".

A Facebook spokesperson said in a statement, that the company was working to develop voice and AI assistant technologies that would work across AR/VR products that includes Oculus, Portal and other future products.

Last year Facebook had shut down a chat-based assistant called "M" in its messaging app.

Other reports suggest that Ira Snyder, a general manager at Facebook Reality Labs is working on the voice-assistant project.

The Portal and Portal+ from Facebook come with Smart Camera and Smart Sound technology along with hands-free voice control. It also lets users start a video call by saying 'Hey Portal'.

(With IANS inputs)

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