Last month, Facebook announced the launch of its portal platform: an echo show-like competitor that puts the Facebook-controlled video chat right on your kitchen table. Today you can buy it ̵
Both Portal and Portal Plus are now available directly from Facebook, Amazon and Best Buy. Both offer video calling over the Facebook network. The regular $ 199 portal has a smaller, fixed screen (and a profile that looks much like Amazon's Echo Show), as Portal Plus ($ 349) has a much larger 15.6-inch screen, You can use it either in portrait mode (above) or in widescreen mode. Both devices have a single camera on the top, but you can zoom in and out in the kitchen while talking to a friend in the video.
We've already talked about the portal and we do not do it In view of the insatiable appetite of Facebook for personal data and the free use of this collected data by Facebook, this is particularly rosy. Facebook has strongly emphasized the privacy features of the device, including a physical kill switch for camera and microphone, but given the general distrust of the company – who has not asked any family member if Facebook believes that Facebook is listening to them conversations? – This could be a tough sell.
While it's too early to say, next month's sales date will give a picture of public opinion as to whether or not a Facebook-powered video console belongs in their home.
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