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Facebook's Voice Assistant Is Probably Meant for its Own Apps -- Tech Check

Eric Jhonsa

is working on a new voice assistant, via an R&D team within its augmented reality and virtual reality group. The report comes a year after Facebook pulled the plug on M, a voice assistant that partly relied on humans and would thus have been difficult to scale. Alexa, it would make a lot more sense for Facebook to focus on a solution that integrates with its app family (core Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp) and perhaps devices such as Oculus VR headsets and the Portal speaker, than to battle Apple, Google and Amazon's offerings head-on.