Facebook has launched two new versions of its Portal video calling tablet, the first of which can be carried around the house.
The Portal+ is an updated version of its larger video calling screen, featuring a 14-inch display and getting rid of the old design that allows it to be rotated, in favor of a screen that can be moved up and down.
Portal Go is the first version of Facebook hardware that works with a battery, so it can be carried around the house and used on the go. It sits in the charging dock the rest of the time
Facebook’s Portal was originally launched in late 2018. It was initially notable for mostly negative feedback as it involved a camera and came shortly after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, with commentators wondering whether people trusted Facebook enough to gain yet more access. has done. House.
The company, however, continued to sell them, and benefited from the growing interest in video calling in 2020 and 2021 as people wanted to stay in touch through the lockdown.
Facebook offers a number of privacy features that aim to help assuage any security concerns. These include the option to disable the microphone and block the camera, both of which work as physical switches so they can’t be overridden by Facebook or anyone else.
The new Portal Go will cost $199 and Portal+ will cost $349, or the same amount in pounds. Their sale will start from October 19.
Facebook said Portal Go’s battery is expected to last up to five hours of one-on-one calling, though the exact length of time will depend on several factors, including the apps used.
Along with the new hardware, Facebook also announced that it will bring new video calling services to the Portal platform. It will support Microsoft Teams from December, and gain access to WhatsApp’s new multi-device mode, which allows it to be used on different devices at once.
It also announced a new home mode that will let the portal be used by various people around the house, giving the owner access to specific apps and contacts that anyone can open. For example, a young child would be able to call their grandparents from their parent’s account without having to call someone else.
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