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Facebook Portal and Portal Plus Alexa run devices

Facebook Portal and Portal Plus

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.

Facebook Portal and Portal PlusThe 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.??Facebook Portal and Portal Plus

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.

The Portal is priced at $199 and the Portal Plus is priced at $339 via Amazon.? The devices will also be available via Best Buy.

The devices are available for pre-order now with a delivery/release date set for November.? There is currently a $100 off deal if you pre-order two devices.

 

More information from Facebook via https://portal.facebook.com

Portal Plus from Facebook. Smart, Hands-Free Video Calling with Alexa Built-in

Move and talk freely with Smart Camera: With Smart Camera, you don't have to worry about being out of frame. Whether you're moving around the kitchen, prepping dinner or chasing the kids through the living room, Smart Camera adjusts to follow the action. And as more people enter a room, Smart Camera automatically widens to keep everyone in view, so you don't miss a moment.
Private by design: Facebook doesn't listen to, view or keep the contents of your Portal video calls. Calls on Portal are encrypted, so conversations stay between you and those you're calling. You can also completely disable the camera and microphone with a single tap, or block the camera lens with the camera cover provided.
Connect with friends, even if they don't have Portal: Easily call friends and family on Messenger - calls can be made seamlessly to and from smartphones and tablets. And you can bring up to six other people into a group call.

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Price: $199.00

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