Facebook Portal and Portal Plus devices
Facebook Portal and Portal Plus?were announced today.? Two devices with smart cameras, Facebook Messenger conferencing and Amazon’s Alexa onboard.
The Portal is a 10″ device, looking very similar to the first generation Echo Show whereas the Portal Plus offers 1920 x 1280 on a rotating 15″ screen.? The screen offers 1280 x 800 resolution and comes with a Smart camera which allows tracking of movement to help with video calling.? One thing that is important to note is that all conversations between these devices use encrypted connections.? Privacy is a strong point which is good coming out of Facebook who has had massive recent data breaches.? Another feature with privacy in mind, you can completely disable the camera and microphone with a single tap or block the camera lens with the camera cover provided.? The messaging platform uses Facebook Messenger.? The Smart camera and sound reportedly use local based AI and the cameras do not utilize Facebook’s facial recognition as used on the social media platform.? You’ll be able to call to other devices using Facebook Messenger and group call up to 6 people.??
While the Portal and Portal Plus are driven by Alexa the commands are invoked (slight Cortana joke there) with the command ‘Hey Portal’
The portal devices will support additional apps outside of Facebook integration including Spotify (Premium), iHeartRadio, Pandora, Food Network and Facebook Watch for video content.