Here’s an interesting choice – given the company’s recent issues with privacy: Facebook is jumping into the "Smart Speaker" competition…with a video twist. The social media giant has unveiled "Portal," a Facebook branded device that's equipped with a screen and a camera to emphasize video calling.
Portal connects through Facebook's Messenger app, so it can connect calls with people not using Portal. There will be two sizes, a model with a ten-inch horizontal screen for 199 – and a "plus" version with a 15-point-six-inch screen that can go vertical or horizontal. It also has a ‘smart camera’ that can follow whoever 's speaking. That’ll set you back by $349.
- Both models also have an internet-connected speaker that utilizes Amazon's voice assistant Alexa. Facebook says it will not store Portal video. The device offers several privacy features, including a simple cap to place over the camera.