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Frank Williams | 10 January, 2018, 01:45

According to a new report out of Cheddar, Facebook is gearing up to introduce a new device that will directly compete with Amazon's Echo Show. Or, at least, there will probably be soon. The product is designed for the home and is meant to help families stay connected through video chats and the use of other social media platforms.

Facebook is now planning to officially unveil the device at its F8 developer conference in May and then ship it before the end of the year.

Portal will essentially work like an Echo Show would in which you can ask it questions, check the weather, and get news all with your voice.

Cheddar reports that Portal will have a wide-angle lens with facial recognition that links to users' Facebook accounts. Whereas Amazon has an existing ecosystem-which includes Amazon Prime Video and Music-that naturally integrates into its device, Facebook intends to rely on partnerships with services like Spotify and Netflix. Expectations for the home product are running high, and its performance will shape how many more physical products we might expect to see from Facebook in the future. And as Cheddar notes, Facebook recently announced comprehensive licensing deals with both Sony/ATV and Universal Music Group. So essentially, this will be a first step in an evolution Facebook wishes to dictate.

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But Zarif was quoted as saying that media reports that the Brussels talks would focus on the protests are "baseless and unfounded".

The device could vie for space in people's kitchens and living rooms with similar gadgets from Google, Amazon and Apple, which all have voice-assisted speakers.

Facebook declined to comment. However, that price isn't set in stone just yet, and it's said that Facebook is willing to give the device at a lower cost to spur user and consumer adoption rates.

Portal would be the first product to launch from Facebook's secretive consumer hardware lab, Building 8, which has suffered a rocky start since its opening in April 2016.

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