The thought of Facebook launching its own smart speakers is incredibly scary

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The sources said that the Facebook move is expected to further heat up the global smart speaker market, which has been crowded with heavyweight players, including top supplier Amazon and other tech giants such as Google, Microsoft, Apple and many China players including Alibaba.

The device was supposed to work just like Amazon's Echo Show, which also has a built-in screen and can be controlled using voice commands.

DigiTimes recently learned from supply chain sources that Facebook won't be launching its highly anticipated Portal smart speaker - internally referred to as "Aloha" - this coming May.

Earlier this year, we heard rumours that Facebook was building a smart speaker screen called the Facebook Portal.

The two models will be fitted with 15-inch in-cell touchscreen panels reportedly to be sourced from LG Display, while Taiwan's Pegatron is also reported to be the sole contract assembler of the devices.

Facebook wanted to launch the devices in May, the report notes but delayed the launch to ideal the acoustic quality and software.

The Aloha model is supposedly more "sophisticated" than Fiona, and will be released under the official name of Portal. Its new smart speakers will be available starting in July, according to a Digitimes report published Wednesday.

The devices won't be Echo or HomePod lookalikes.

It will supposedly feature facial recognition to identify users for accessing Facebook, courtesy of a wide-angle camera on the device's front.

He also said that the Portal would only appeal to people who have "already invested" in a smart speaker, making "the uptake of this device even trickier". So let's put our paranoia to one side and talk about how good Facebook's speaker could be.

If you are wondering about the Fiona smart speaker, unfortunately the report has not mentioned much.

Facebook is reportedly developing two smart speakers.

As well as acting as a social media device, it is claimed the smart speakers will play music thanks to licensing deals recently struck by Facebook with Sony and Universal Music.

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