Facebook Announces Home Speakers Portal and Portal
Facebook Announces Home Speakers Portal and Portal Facebook revealed on Monday a pair of smart home speakers including cameras and microphones, Portal and Portal +, which is a direct response from the company on the devices of competitors such as Amazon, Google, and Apple, so entered Facebook through this video communication devices smart home market speakers And are the company’s first non-Oculus product.
Portal devices can show your favorite photos, videos, and important notifications like your birthday reminders if you’re not using them for video calls. The company explains that new devices help you feel close to people and allow you to spend more time with people, even if they live thousands Mileage. Users can say “Hey Portal, call” followed by the name of the person you want to connect with friends from Facebook and Messenger to start a video call, even if they do not have a portal.
These calls include enhanced entertainment features that can fit users, Within the device is the Smart Sound, which reduces background noise and enhances the voice of the speaker, regardless of where it is located. Smart Camera, which uses artificial intelligence and device cameras, makes you enjoy a more hands-free experience while maintaining your ideal presence within the video call frame while on the go and moving, and you can make calls to and from smartphones and devices Tablet PCs that support Messenger.
The new Portal supports up to seven video calls at the same time, and Facebook explained that it built the devices with privacy and security in mind. A camera cover is available with Portal and Portal + devices, so you can quickly block the camera lens and keep receiving incoming calls and notifications, as well as using voice commands.
The company has also provided access management for Portal within the home, where you can set a passcode of 4 To 12 digits to keep the screen lock, and requires changing your password passcode on Facebook. In addition to video calls, Portal devices can play music from Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Facebook Watch, Food Network, and Newsy. The devices do not include Apple Music, YouTube, Netflix Hulu and HBO Now.
These devices are equipped with the Alexa Digital Assistant and many of the skills available on this service, allowing them to ask questions and check things such as whether or how to perform your favorite sports team, along with control of smart home appliances and groceries, said Jonathan Collins Director “The inclusion of Alexa is certainly an interesting step, as Facebook devices can rely heavily on Alexa’s success,” said ABI Research Consultant.
The portal, which includes a 10-inch display and a 1280 x 800-pixel resolution, is available at $ 199, while the price of Portal +, which includes a long, 15.6 inches and 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution, at $ 349. The smart home speaker market is estimated at $ 6.7 billion in 2018 and is expected to grow to $ 23.5 billion by 2023, according to research firm Strategy Analytics. Amazon currently holds 34.2 percent of the market, followed by Google By 22 percent, according to figures for the first half of 2018.
Facebook may be finding its foothold in this market difficult by entering the market too late for its competitors. Another challenge for the company is to convince users that they can trust the company by putting their own speakers in their homes, So the company talked about the information gathered by Portal devices to help people understand how Facebook uses that information.
Facebook explained the steps you take to maintain privacy and security, including that the company does not listen to, view or store video calls, so conversations stay between you and the people you call, as well as encrypt video calls on Portal, so your calls are always secure.
For security purposes, the devices use intelligent smart and intelligent voice-activated cameras, so they run locally on the same device and not on Facebook servers. The Portal camera does not use facial recognition and does not identify you, and Portal devices do not send voice commands to the company’s servers only after the user says “Hey Portal”.
The company explained that the user can delete the record of the sound of Portal devices within the record of its activity on Facebook at any time, and allows Portal devices common activities such as listening to music together or watching some favorite programs.