Published: Sat, April 20, 2019
Tech | By Constance Martin

Facebook Reportedly Working on a Voice Assistant Compatible With Oculus

Facebook Reportedly Working on a Voice Assistant Compatible With Oculus

It was killed a year ago in January because it failed to interest many people, especially because it didn't feel very intuitive to majority.

Whether or not this is the same "Facebook Assistant" project Snyder is still working on is unclear.

Amazon, with Alexa, had 67% of the market share in the United States in 2018, while Google had about 30% share, according to eMarketer. But this isn't the first time Facebook tried to build a virtual assistant.

A new report by CNBC suggests that Facebook is working on its own voice-based virtual assistant. The assistant can also appear in Oculus headsets or other future Facebook projects.

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Facebook could soon integrate a company-branded voice assistant into its home hardware.

Back in 2015 Facebook did release an AI assistant for Messenger, dubbed simply M, which was supposed to help the users with smart suggestions. However, given the company's privacy struggles and mediocre reception of its Portal video calling device, can Facebook really compete? The digital assistant will have more of a focus on platforms for hands-free interactions through voice controls and possibly gesture controls. CNBC writes that Facebook has been reaching out to vendors in the smart-speaker supply chain, suggesting that Portal may only be the first of many smart devices the company makes. The assistant would go up against Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri and the Google Assistant. Facebook Portal and Portal+ video chat speakers come with Smart Camera and Smart Sound technology.

And Facebook also built an ecosystem of bots in the Messenger app. The company has made its own hardware push with Portal, but it depends on Alexa for anything beyond simple activities.

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