Facebook’s Measured Smart Home Entry

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4Q 2018 | IN-5282

 

Facebook’s New Portal Devices Sidestep into the Smart Home

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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.

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