Facebook Portal

Facebook Portal
Facebook Portal logo.svg
Wikipedia on Facebook Portal.jpg
Main page of Wikipedia displayed on a Facebook Portal Mini
DeveloperFacebook, Inc.
ManufacturerFacebook, Inc.
TypeSmart display
Release dateNovember 8, 2018 (2018-11-08)
Operating systemAndroid-based
InputVoice commands

Facebook Portal is a brand of smart displays and videophones developed in 2018 by Facebook, Inc.[1][2] The product line consists of four models (Portal, Portal Plus, Portal Mini, and Portal TV) that provide video chat via Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, augmented by a camera that can automatically zoom and track people's movements.[3] The devices are integrated with Amazon's voice-controlled intelligent personal assistant service Alexa.[2][4][5] Facebook uses some types of data collected from Portal devices for targeted advertising.

Reviewers rated the Portal line's video and audio handling capabilities positively, but criticized Facebook's privacy practices for data captured by Portal devices.

  1. ^ Calore, Michael (October 8, 2018). "Facebook Made You a Smart-Home Device With a Camera on It". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Kelion, Leo (October 8, 2018). "Facebook Portal video chat screens raise privacy concerns". BBC News. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  3. ^ Constine, John (October 8, 2018). "Facebook launches Portal auto-zooming video chat screens for $199/$349". TechCrunch. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  4. ^ Newman, Peter (October 9, 2018). "Facebook unveils Alexa-powered Portal smart speakers". Business Insider. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  5. ^ Smith, Dave (October 15, 2018). "The curious timing of Facebook's first hardware product, the $200 'Portal'". Business Insider. Retrieved November 2, 2018.

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