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Facebook launches video-calling device ‘Portal’

11 October 2018

Facebook has finally amidst all rumors officially launched its Messenger-enabled video chatting devices for the home, Portal and Portal+.

The company, which saw its trust ranking collapse in the 2018 FutureBrand Index, was at pains to explain the security features in its announcement for the device which is yet to have an Australian release date.

The devices incorporate a simple voice control system for calls, enabling users to start a video call by saying "Hey Portal, call Randy". "However, Facebook seems to have made her the Portal, presented on Monday, looked the least threatening", writes Bloomberg. Above you can see the hardware camera cover in action and you can disable the camera and mic in software with a single tap.

You can carry Portal with you to places so that there is this way to remotely accompany people you love to spend your time with!

The devices use artificial intelligence (AI) to create a more interactive, realistic chat experience that reacts to callers' movements by automatically panning in and zooming out, and adjusting sound levels. Portal's camera doesn't use facial recognition and doesn't identify who you are.

Just when you thought Facebook was devoting all its time and energy to cleaning up and restoring its brand image (let alone, ensuring that couldn't occur again) they announced the launch Portal, a video-calling device meant to help users "connect with friends and family". While voice-enabled smart displays like the Portal are in a budding product category, ownership of smart speakers like the Amazon Echo or Google Home will rise to 48% of USA consumers after this holiday season from 32% in August, Adobe Analytics forecast.

And it also comes bundled with Amazon's voice interface "Alexa", enabling users to shop or control household appliances.

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The Portal boasts a 10-inch 1280 x 800 display. Both devices are available now for pre-order in the U.S. - from Facebook at, as well as Amazon and Best Buy - and will begin shipping in November.

The Portals are "powered by AI", according to Facebook and come equipped with a smart camera that follows you around the room, as well as smart sound technology to minimize background noise.

Even if those you want to connect with don't have a Portal device, you can still use yours to get in touch via Facebook Messenger. The market for smart home devices is growing rapidly, unlike the more mature smartphone market, giving Facebook an opportunity to gain a foothold in a nascent technology space.

Facebook is one of the last players in the high-tech sector to launch its own line of consumer electronics devices for the home.

First range of hardware from the social networking giant, these are the new video communication devices with camera and microphone built-in.

It is pretty easy to manage Portal access within your home, you can set a 4-to-12-digit passcode to keep the screen locked.

Facebook assures those interested that the Portal devices are "built with privacy and security in mind".

Facebook launches video-calling device ‘Portal’