Facebook to reportedly launch home video chat device called Portal

Olive Hawkins
January 13, 2018

A recent report from Cheddar said Facebook was likely to announce its first-ever hardware product named Portal soon.

Portal would sport a screen that can be used to video chat Facebook friends, and it'll double as a streaming music/video device as well.

Reports say the Portal will have a microphone, wide-angle camera and speakers with AI embedded into the device and aimed for everyone to use in a communal room.

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It will also be capable of linking up with third-party services, such as Spotify and Netflix. It can be recalled that Echo Show users recently lost access to the video-sharing platform following the clash between Google and Amazon.

"Portal" is seen as a competition to Amazon Echo Show and four Google Assistant-powered smart speakers that were launched at CES 2018 this week. Back in July 2017, Digitimes (via The Verge) released a report that the social networking site was developing a piece of hardware that had a 15-inch touchscreen panel. Facebook is expected to introduce Portal at its developers conference in May and ship sometime in the second half of the year.

Through this, it will be able to associate different people with their Facebook accounts, and log them in without forcing them to enter their login details.

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