Facebook has already been quite late to join the voice computing revolution, but it really might just be all set to announce its long-rumoured smart speaker. The social network giant will have brought a brilliant speaker on the market earlier, but it surely had reportedly delayed the launch as a result of infamous Cambridge Analytica scandal. However, latest reports advise that Facebook’s ‘Aloha’ project still is alive. With a bit of clever reverse engineering created by a developer, we’ve a solid idea of what Facebook’s voice assistant may appear like. To recall, Facebook was originally reportedly arranging a smart speaker, reportedly codenamed ‘Aloha’ and ‘Portal’, but plans were apparently use hold earlier this year.

Developer Jane Manchun Wong discovered the modern Aloha voice assistant feature while in the standard Android Facebook Messenger app. She might have a short conversation using an internal ‘Aloha Voice Testing’ tool. Currently, the feature seems pretty simple and easy and the only thing operates would be the interface and some simple speech-to-text recognition. Also, as seen in a graphic shared by Wong, the Aloha feature has got the words “Your phone is connected Portal”. It reaffirms the term for the Facebook smart speaker. The storyline was reported by TechCrunch.

According to the video posted by Wong, the assistant could transcribe text in a rough user interface, but considering how most smart assistants work, it can be the muse that Facebook will need ensure before testing complex parts in the digital assistant. Given how smart the voice assistants from Amazon and Google are, we hope that Aloha have a number of improvements soon. Also, Wong tweeted that the upcoming smart speaker, called Portal, are going to be paired using Bluetooth LE or Wi-Fi, for example Facebook may be looking at using Aloha being a cross-platform assistant.

Another thing that Jane discovered is actually a voice messaging feature that work well for Instagram. “This,” TechCrunch noted, “would let you speak into Instagram and send the audio clips similar to a walkie-talkie.”