Facebook looks set to become the latest major tech player to offer its own virtual assistant. According to a new report, the social network is readying a tool it’s calling ‘Moneypenny’, with the aim of taking on Apple’s Siri platform and Google Now.
Details of Facebook’s plans remain sketchy. However, three anonymous sources who’ve been briefed on the plans say it will sit within the company’s standalone messenger app.
It’s said to offer the chance to ask ‘real people’ about ‘ordering products and services’. What this means in reality remains unclear and exact details about how it will work in practice are not known.
Facebook’s move into the world of virtual assistants is surprising but not shocking. Siri is being given a major boost in Apple’s forthcoming iOS 9 software, while Google Now has become increasingly dominant within Android.
Microsoft’s Cortana service is also set to be a major feature within Windows 10, which launches later this year.
Expect to hear more about ‘Moneypenny’ and Facebook’s plans later in the year.
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