Back in February, many rumors claimed that Facebook is developing a pair of smart displays with 15-inch touchscreens. By April, we get more detail about these two devices. According to rumors, these devices called “Fiona” and “Aloha”. These devices carried a 13-inch display and a 15-inch screen respectively. Now, the devices are reportedly code-named “Portal”. However, these devices could not launch because of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Now Facebook Portal is reportedly going to launch before October.
Facebook Portal will feature Amazon’s Alexa as its virtual personal assistant
Rumors claimed that the larger model will cost around $400 while a smaller screened version will cost $300. According to some reports, the smart displays will feature a wide-angle camera that uses AI to recognize the people seen on the display, even as they walk through a room. When “Portal” owners want some privacy, the camera can be blocked by an on-device shutter.
The devices will feature Amazon’s Alexa as its virtual personal assistant. Moreover, Facebook Portal will allow users to watch news capsules, follow a recipe, view YouTube videos and see song lyrics while streaming music. Facebook employees have tested the “Portal” at home. By the end of this month, Facebook will officially launch these devices for its users.