Facebook Portal is all set to make it to your home!

Facebook Introduces AR Enhanced Video Calling Devices

The device is known by the name of "Portal" and Facebook is trying to advertising it as a way for its more than 2 billion users to chat without having to worry about positioning and controlling the device during video calls.

Facebook says it won't "listen to, view or keep the contents " of video calls, adding that the Portal camera won't use facial recognition or identify people in the video calls.

"We set out to try and make video calling so good that it feels like you're sharing the same physical space as someone else", he said.

Facebook also clarified about the information Portal would collect and how the company will use the information. You can also receive $100 United States dollars off any two devices - this means a bundle of two Portal devices will be priced at $298 USD, so you can share the experience right out of the box. Group calls are also available up to six people.

The devices use artificial intelligence (AI) to create a more interactive, realistic chat experience that reacts to callers' movements by automatically panning in and zooming out, and adjusting sound levels.

Since Facebook uses Amazon's Alexa voice assistant to power Portal, it will be hard to catch up to Amazon's smart-home saturation. Furthermore, Facebook Portal users can also deactivate the device's camera and microphone by pressing a button on the device. Portal's display is fixed in landscape mode, but Portal+'s screen can pivot between portrait and landscape modes.

The device now offered in two sizes 10 Inches and 15.6 Inches Screen and can connect with Facebook Messenger enabling users on messengers on messengers as well.

The Facebook Portal and Portal+ is available to pre-order now, starting from US$199.

Reports indicate that it is unlikely that Portal becomes the next Alexa; however, if the device is widely successful like Amazon's, the company might be able to take the breath of fresh air it's been craving.

Portal can also play music through Spotify and Pandora, play Facebook Watch videos, and cycle through photos in selected albums. Portal can be used to call Facebook friends and connections on Messenger, even if they don't have Portal.

The new Show, in stores Thursday, has a larger 10-inch screen (over the original 7 inch) but a steeper price, initially, than competitors, at $229.

Facebook on Monday launched a range of AI-powered video-calling devices, a strategic revolution for the social network giant in its bid for a slice of a market now dominated by Amazon and Google. With Alexa, you can ask for sports scores, check the weather, control smart home devices, order groceries, and more.

Facebook debuted two video-chat devices, per an announcement.

As Facebook is aware of privacy concerns, the cameras in the Portal and Portal+ come with a cover that can easily block the camera's lens at any time and the user can still receive incoming calls and notifications, plus use voice commands.

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