The cheaper Portal has a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 display that's fixed in landscape mode, while the Portal+ has a 15.6-inch 1920 x 1080 screen that can pivot between portrait and landscape modes.
In the end, Facebook's specific privacy claims about Portal may not be enough to offset the general sense of distrust that the company has engendered over the years.
As Facebook points out on the official Portal website, "Alexa features and functionality may differ slightly on Portal and Amazon devices".
For now, the Portal and the Portal+ will be available only in the US.
You will need to connect Portal to a Messenger account in order to video chat with friends. The device, which will be available for pre-order in the United States, is created to allow users to make video calls at home without having to stand immediately in front of the screen or hold a phone at arm's length. People can delete their Portal voice history in their Facebook Activity Log at any time.
Portal and Portal+ also come with a camera cover, so users can block camera's lens at any time and still receive incoming calls and notifications, including using voice commands. To prevent unwanted visitors from using your Portal, you can set a passcode from four to 12 digits in length. That means Portal users can call other Portal users, as well as those with Facebook Messenger installed on their smartphones and tablets. Plus, the AI tech runs locally, it reports, and the camera doesn't use facial recognition or identify users. "We want to remove people from feeling that they are on a call - to the feeling of just being together", says Rafa Camargo, a Facebook vice president overseeing the product. Those Instagram and Snapchat face filters will also come to the big screen here via Facebook'sSpark AR platform, so you can chat with people while sporting a cartoon face, if you prefer.
The display is available in two sizes; the standard Portal looks a lot like the Echo Show, whereas the Portal Plus is much larger. Portal itself will be fitted out to use augmented reality effects that have become popular on Facebook Messenger.
Portal only sends voice commands to Facebook servers after a user says: "Hey Portal", just like the Amazon Echo and Google Home. It's worth noting that you can't browse Facebook, the social network, on the Portal. Whether you're cooking in the kitchen or chasing the kids around the living room, Smart Camera stays with the action and automatically pans and zooms to keep everyone in view. All video calls over Portals are encrypted.
Both Portals use AI technology to make video chatting better.
Earlier in the year, it was forced to admit that the personal data of tens of millions of users had been hijacked by Cambridge Analytica, a political firm working for Donald Trump in 2016.
"This is going to gain (Facebook) not only a place in the smart home, but also data they may not have been able to collect before or understand before", said ABI Research analyst Jonathan Collins. The Portal, which features a smaller 10-inch screen, costs $199 while the Portal+, which has a larger 15.6-inch screen, costs $349. Users can play music from Spotify, iHeartRadio, and Pandora and watch videos through Facebook Watch, Food Network, and Newsy.
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