Facebook’s Measured Smart Home Entry

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By Jonathan Collins | 4Q 2018 | IN-5282


Facebook’s New Portal Devices Sidestep into the Smart Home


Facebook has launched its first branded hardware and the two new devices also represent the company’s first foray into the smart home. The video call-centric devices—the Portal and the Portal Plus—aim to be the center point of home communications, enabling video Facebook Messenger calls to friends and family made by voice command, but they also include Amazon’s Alexa smart home voice control platform. It is the inclusion of Alexa that really positions these devices as part of Facebook’s long-awaited smart home efforts, but the devices themselves and Facebook’s wider smart home potential are worth consideration.

Resembling the Amazon Echo Show, while Targeting Mobile Device Video Calling


Launched only in the U.S. market initially, the Portal devices are priced at US$199 and US$349, respectively. Both feature a High-Definition (HD) screen, four embedded microphones, and near 180-degree-capable video cameras. Facebook developed th…

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