Since it was founded in 2004, Facebook has risen to become one of the top revenue earners in the world with 2 billion users, 17,000+ employees, and a stock price of $169. Do the math and you will realize that two out of every seven people in the world have a Facebook account.
The social media giant was founded by Mark Zuckerberg and even that little fact has inspired a movie that eventually won three academy awards. Despite being such a heavyweight on the Internet, Facebook only recently started putting out their own technology hardware.
Last year, the Oculus Rift VR was released for a substantial amount of money to the consumer. Oculus Rift is a virtual reality gaming system that lets the user immerse themselves in the video game of their choice and originally sold for nearly $600.
Facebook is currently in the process of adding a few more devices to their repertoire. They are currently testing a new multi-function tablet as well as a home speaker. But, will these be as good as their competitors or will they bank on the Facebook name?
The sights and sounds of Facebook
According to Facebook’s leader, Zuckerberg says he wants the Facebook tablet to bring users closer together. He plans on doing this by making a tablet with superior video and sound. With so many social media platforms around these days, Facebook needs to set themselves apart from the pack.
The tablet is said to be somewhere between 13 and 15 inches in size and unlike most tablets, will have speakers you can actually see. It will most likely look like a keyboard-less laptop. The screen itself is promised to be a touchscreen, because that is a necessity nowadays.
What the other user will see is sure to be amazing thanks to the wide-angle lens that will be equipped with software that locks onto your face. It is also being said that the camera will have 360 degree capabilities, but unlikely to be ready at launch.
They are currently testing the unnamed device and skeptics compare it to the Amazon Echo Show. In lieu of using their own operating system, Facebook has this little gem equipped with Android technology. We will most likely hear more at the next F8 conference in April of 2018.
Facebook is listening
A home speaker (also nameless) is currently in development as well thanks to a few former Apple developers, so you know it’s going to be top-of-the-line. The information on this new digital assistant is scarce, but we know it will run around $100 (compared to the $200 tablet cost) which is on par with everybody else.
The fact that the speaker is a Facebook product could mean that it will be more social media orientated like perhaps chiming when you get likes, comments, or shares.
The speaker could also interrupt your boring day of lounging around by saying “you’ve been tagged, would you like to see?” From there, perhaps it casts to your phone or Facebook tablet or maybe they’ll build a projection feature for your wall.
Because there are no specs or substantial information, experts seem to think that Facebook has the option to completely scrap the speaker and focus on the tablet. The unnamed tablet is twice the price, so why not?