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Facebook appears to be quietly building its own voice assistant to compete with Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa.

An unreleased voice search feature was recently uncovered in code from a past version of Facebook’s mobile app by developer Blake Tsuaki, who shared his findings with Business Insider.

The code, which was uncovered by Tsuaki and first surfaced by The Next Web’s Matt Navarra on Twitter last week, shows what is evidently an unreleased voice assistant capable of making suggestions and finding basic information like the score of a sports game.

The voice assistant was first spotted in a September version of Facebook’s mobile app, Tsuaki told BI. “It’s non-functional right now (listens, and then errors out), but I’m finding a way to get it to do a bit more,” he said via email.

Facebook building a voice assistant for its mobile apps ?

h/t Blake Tsuzaki

— Matt Navarra ⭐️ (@MattNavarra) September 10, 2017

A Facebook spokesperson told BI that the voice assistant was not an active feature or user-facing test in the company’s app and declined to comment further. Facebook often tests new features it’s working on with a small percentage of users in the wild before making them more widely …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Tech

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