According to the source, the device will use a display from LG Display. Specifically, Facebook’s goals of further promoting its video and livestreaming tools, as well as its ambitions around creating original video content, would dovetail nicely with a Facebook-optimized smart home device. The problem, as usual with Facebook, is the issue of privacy. The aforementioned companies have varying track records on privacy, but Facebook in particular is a brand that doesn’t immediately come to mind when thinking of a company you’d trust to put an always-on microphone in your home.
But with over 2 billion users, if Facebook introduces a smart home device that displays the photos of your friends and family on Facebook, it’s likely that such a product would be too compelling to resist, privacy issues aside.
The report goes on to claim that the device will be revealed some time in the first quarter of 2018.
When contacted by Mashable, Facebook wouldn’t confirm or deny whether or not it’s working on a smart home device, with a spokesperson saying, “Facebook does not comment on rumors and speculation.”