Facebook is working on a rival to Amazon's Alexa

Facebook is working on a rival to Amazon's Alexa

Facebook plans on competing with Google, Amazon and Apple by offering its own AI feature

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

"We are working to develop voice and AI assistant technologies that may work across our family of AR/VR products including Portal, Oculus and future products", a Facebook spokesperson told Reuters in an e-mailed response on Wednesday.

In a bid to take on Amazon Alexa or Google Home, Facebook is working on a voice-based assistant for its Portal video chat service and other future projects. Both of which, of course, are still more examples of how expansive the company's ambitions have grown beyond mere social networking, now extending into hardware and the physical world of consumer electronics.

The legit competitors for Facebook's virtual assistant will be Amazon's Alexa and the Google Assistant which now capture 97% of the smart speaker market combined.

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Facebook already has some experience of working on a virtual assistant.

All that said, Facebook certainly has its work cut out for it in this area. Amazon and Google are far ahead in the smart speaker market with 67% and 30% shares in the U.S.in 2018, respectively, according to eMarketer. That team has been contacting vendors in the smart speaker supply chain, according to two people familiar.

Based on information gleaned from "people familiar with the matter", CNBC says that Facebook's efforts began in early 2018 and are lead by Ira Snyder, director of AR/VR and Facebook Assistant.

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