Today, Facebook launches a video calling devices which they branded Portal and Portal Plus. Main focus of the devices is on video chatting, it can also be used to view pictures and play music.
The Portal voice calling is built on the Facebook Messenger
infrastructure, it can call anyone on Messenger and not just those who have the Portal.
The launch of the portal has come at an awkward time for Facebook. A time when Facebook is faced with a consumer backlash and regulatory scrutiny following multiples of scandals from Cambridge Analytica to the hack of 30 million users’ personal data.
Meanwhile, Facebook has stressed on the privacy features of the device which includes a button that turns off the camera and microphone, but that may not be enough to allay the fears of those already skeptical about the company.
The two devices (Portal and Portal Plus) are shipping today. You can buy them from Facebook’s Website, Best Buy and Amazon.
The smaller Portal is priced at $199 (N72,000) and the larger Portal Plus $349 (N125,687) . Also, a discount of $100 (N36,300) awaits anyone that buys the two devices at launch.
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