After Portal, Facebook prepares an intelligent assistant named Aloha.

Facebook, which recently became embroiled in controversy after coming to light that allowed Netflix and Spotify to read their private messages, is working on the construction of a cryptocurrency for WhatsApp. The company founded by Mark Zuckerberg has more developments underway, such as an intelligent assistant called Aloha.

As you report Android Headlines, after the success of Portal, Facebook is working on a new intelligent assistant called Aloha, which was already discussed last August. According to the media, the company has requested a new patent that, due to its design, would be an intelligent speaker of some kind.

Looking similar to an Amazon Echo, this patent shows a square device with a kind of button or slot in the front. On the back, with an appearance similar to the rest of smart speakers, the design of Facebook presents a complete grid that allows 3D audio. For its part, in the upper area is a flat panel with some dotted lines that could be remnants of design or some still unknown feature.

Aloha, the new intelligent assistant of Facebook

After Portal, Facebook prepares an intelligent assistant named Aloha.
After Portal, Facebook prepares an intelligent assistant named Aloha.

The intelligent assistant also has a USB Type-C connector, a detail that is absent in many smart speakers on the market and that, presumably, will power the unit and allow you to connect to other devices through a USB connection. By the look, everything indicates that this new product will be a direct competitor of the Amazon Echo. The same source affirms that it is possible that Facebook has its own Artificial Intelligence (AI) that it would be planning to launch with this device or that it will incorporate Alexa.

An assistant that would also have data synchronization of some kind with smartphones, tablets, computers and other devices. The images of this patent could be offering a first glimpse of Aloha, the Google Assistant of Facebook. Artificial intelligence has been in development since last August, so it is not unreasonable to think that this patent is showing this device.

This unit will surely offer something different to its competitors, even in the same source is considered the possibility of it being a cheaper product, having different audio options inside or some unknown feature with the USB Type-C port. At the moment it is only a patent, so it may not end up reaching the market. Even so, it would be the first step of Facebook to conquer the smart assistants market.

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