Facebook Portal

Facebook Portal
Facebook Portal logo.svg
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 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]

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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