Like Alexa and Siri: Facebook with its own voice assistant

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Apple and Amazon are pushing the development of their voice assistants Alexa and Siri – now the Internet giant Facebook is also involved.

Facebook is trying to establish its own voice assistant. First on the VR glasses of the subsidiary Oculus, users can trigger functions of the software with the wake-up word “Hey Facebook”, as the online network announced on Friday night. Also on Facebook’s video communication device portal, “Hey Facebook” is now suggested as an alternative to the previous trigger “Hey Portal”.

The capabilities of the assistance software are initially limited to a few tasks. So you can start a game by voice, see who of your friends is online, or take a screenshot. The software will initially be available on the new Oculus Quest 2 glasses and later also for the first Quest generation. In Germany, Facebook stopped selling its VR glasses after plans to merge Oculus accounts with Facebook profiles triggered an investigation.

Alexa and Siri most widely used

With virtual reality, users with special glasses immerse themselves in digital worlds. Currently, Facebook in particular is driving the development in the consumer market with Oculus. Despite great expectations and investments, VR has so far remained a niche business.

When it comes to voice assistants, Alexa from Amazon and the Google Assistant are most widespread across technology from various providers; Apple offers its own Siri software on its devices.


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