Facebook Announces New Portal Devices, Including TV-Connected Camera/Streaming Service

Hello, Friends Welcome to Masterji Tips Today we explaining in this post that Facebook Announces New Portal Devices, has expanded its Portal family of home video-calling devices with three new models: Portal, Portal Mini, and Portal TV.

Facebook Announces New Portal Devices

Facebook has added a new way to connect with friends on Portal through WhatsApp, in addition to Messenger calling. Portal offers hands-free voice control. All WhatsApp calls on Portal are end-to-end encrypted, the company said in a statement late Wednesday.

Portal and Portal Mini start shipping from 15 October and Portal TV begins shipping from 5 November. In addition to the US and Canada, the Portal lineup is coming to the UK, France, Italy, Spain, Australia and New Zealand. But no mention of India, which is surprising, but probably Facebook doesn’t see its demand in the country.

Facebook isn’t saying how many Portals it’s sold since it launched the first models last fall. It remains unclear how many people want a Facebook-branded smart camera in their homes, given the company’s history of privacy problems .

But with any Facebook-centric product, data privacy comes into question, and the Portal, as mentioned by Facebook, comes with a switch to turn off the microphone and camera.

Facebook has also included a wake word ‘Hey Portal’, which after detection, sends a short audio recording of the voice interaction to Facebook.

Now this is something which will raise red flag for most people, who’ve already seen what happened with Google’s Assistant, Amazon Alexa and even Apple’s Siri recently.

In addition to this, Facebook has also mentioned that if someone makes a lot of video calls on Portal, they might see ads for video calling devices elsewhere.

But Facebook says it doesn’t use the content of the calls for ad targeting, though Andrew “Boz” Bosworth, vice president of virtual reality and augmented reality declined to commit to never doing so in the future.

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