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Facebook Smart Speakers Could Hit Aussie Shelves Before US

The upcoming Facebook smart speakers could arrive in Australia before the US as American citizens and politicians are closely watching the social media site after the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, according to CNBC.

The report says an international roll-out could help the social media company ‘make a bigger splash in markets where competitors are weaker’.

After the data breach, Facebook decided to hold off on the launch of its smart speaker as the social media giant wanted to make sure ‘make the right trade-offs regarding user data’. The speakers were supposed to be released during the F8 conference which is being held in San Jose this week.

Facebook will be releasing two smart speakersĀ one will have a camera and touch screen, like that of the Amazon Echo Dot.

CNBC says the smart speakers will have a smart voice assistant tied to the Facebook AI program, M. It will be developed into a smart voice assistant – similar to what Google and Amazon have – with voice commands.

The speakers are slated to be released in July.

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