As confused as Samsung seems for the Bixby speaker, we think that it may produce one at the end. The group can only work on a project for two years before Facebook determines whether it's worth continuing or not. Last month, Apple unveiled its Siri-powered HomePod, Google launched its Home speaker last fall, and Amazon is working on the Echo's sequel. By 2022, the smart speaker market is expected to reach US$5.5 billion.
"Facebook is rumored to be planning to release a smart speaker product, but instead of voice recognition functionality, the company will focus more on image display and will adopt a 15-inch touch panel for the device", according to the DigiTimes report, which cites a number of upstream supply chain sources. If the product comes to fruition, users can no doubt expect deep Facebook integration, video calls, Facebook Live broadcasting ability, and more.
It said the device has already begun small volume of pilot production at Pegatron's plants in China.
The sources claim that LG will be making the digital panel for Facebook's smart speaker, which itself will be constructed with a chassis made from magnesium-aluminum alloy.
According to the report, Facebook's smart speaker will be manufactured by Pegatron, and it will witness its release in the first quarter of 2018. Facebook is obviously looking to pick up the battle while the trend is still gathering speed among competitors and is allegedly on course to offer something different than what the niche already centers around - namely, a screen-operated speaker.