Left Menu
Development News Edition

Facebook rolls out Portal video chat devices in U.S markets

The devices allow users to make hands-free voice calls by saying "Hey Portal" and stating who they would like to call.


Facebook rolls out Portal video chat devices in U.S markets

Facebook has made its new smart video chat devices, Portal and Portal+, available for purchase in the US.

Consumers can purchase Portal for $199 and Portal+ for $349 from portal.facebook.com, Amazon.com, BestBuy.com as well as Amazon Books and Best Buy stores, Facebook said on Wednesday.

Portal has a 10-inch 1280 x 800 display and Portal+ brings a 15-inch 1920 x 1080 pivoting display.

The Portal devices supports group calls of up to seven people at the same time.

Powered by Artificial Intelligence, Portal's "Smart Camera" automatically pans and zooms to keep everyone in view, and its "Smart Sound" enhances the voice of whoever is talking.

The devices allow users to make hands-free voice calls by saying "Hey Portal" and stating who they would like to call.

Portal also has Amazon Alexa built-in, so users can ask a question, set a timer, add items to your shopping list, control your smart home, and more.

ReCode last month reported that the "Portal" devices would share data about your calls and apps you use to advertisers on other platforms owned by the social media giant.

In its statement on Wednesday, Facebook stressed that Portal video calls are encrypted.

"Facebook does not listen to, view or keep the contents of your Portal video calls, so this information cannot be used for advertising. In addition, Portal video calls are encrypted, so your calls are secure," the social media giant said.

"You can delete your Portal's voice history in your Facebook Activity Log. We don't use Portal voice commands to target ads," Facebook said.

(With inputs from agencies.)

Download The Devdiscourse News App for Latest News.


TRENDING

OPINION/BLOG/INTERVIEW

Conspiracy theories on COVID 19: Legislators, Scientists, and Journalists all joined the Caravan

Conspiracy theories are not new for virus epidemics. There have been conspiracy theories on HIV-AIDS, Polio Vaccines, Ebola Virus, and several other diseases as well. However, what makes the 2019 Novel Coronavirus different from others is ...

Top 10 Fake News, Myths and Realities on 2019 Novel Coronavirus COVID 19

With nearly 1500 deaths by January 14 and around 65,000 infections in China, the Novel Coronavirus 2019 has become one of the worst health epidemics of the 21st Century. However, 8,573 people have been cured but the rumor mongers are a...

Handling fake news Infodemic in time of Coronavirus epidemic

Social media has provided a platform where everybody can disseminate his her views without any supervision. Its excellent if the message is genuine but misinformation is equally disastrous. Health is such a topic where every Tom and Harry c...

Sentiment Analysis on Budget 2020: Long shot for solution to economic worries?

Industries and individuals alike had high expectations from the government to take tangible steps but the budget 2020 seems to have failed expectations....

Videos

Latest News

Ram Temple construction will start within six months, says Nritya Gopal Das

President of the Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, has said that the construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya is expected to start within six months. He also insisted that the Trust will not seek any grants fro...

Prahar Janshakti Party leader shot dead in Akot town of Maha

A local leader of the Prahar Janshakti Party PJP was allegedly shot dead by twounidentified assailants at Akot town in Maharashtras Akola district, police said on Saturday.Tushar Pundkar, who was former Akola district chief of the PJP, was ...

Soccer-Late Real fee request ended Bale's China move hopes, says Jiangsu boss

Real Madrids last minute decision to insist on a transfer fee ended the clubs hopes of offloading Welsh winger Gareth Bale to Jiangsu Suning, the Chinese Super League sides head coach Cosmin Olaroiu said. Bale, who joined Madrid from Totten...

Bruins end road trip at Canucks

The Boston Bruins strayed from their normal script Friday night in Calgary but still came away with a victory. The Bruins, who had allowed just three goals once in their previous 11 games while going 10-1-0, gave up that many in the opening...

Give Feedback