Facebook Set to Reveal "Portal" Device With Video Calling and Facial Recognition

Facebook Portal video chat device tipped to take on Amazon Echo

Thoughts on this? Do we need more devices that can interact with us?

Portal will allegedly be unveiled at Facebook's annual developer conference this May, with the device set for release at retail in the second half of 2018 for $499.

Those devices would compete directly with the Amazon Echo Show, which is a voice-controlled speaker with a screen.

Like the Echo Show, revealed last May, Portal features a screen that can be used to hold video calls and stream music and video. The device may also play nice with streaming services like Spotify and Netflix so people can use it to play music, TV shows, and movies.

"We're not commenting on these reports", the company told Ad Age. The social network has also been testing a facial-recognition account recovery system to help users get back into their account after it's locked. So essentially, this will be a first step in an evolution Facebook wishes to dictate.

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Facebook is not retreating from competition for the home against Google, Amazon and Apple, as it turns out, reportedly planning to sell a communication-focused tablet called Portal. Earlier this year, former Google and DARPA executive Regina Dougan departed from Building 8, the company's secretive R&D division, after 18 months.

"Facebook employees have internally referred to the video chat device with the codename "Aloha" but recently settled on the name Portal-an indication that product development has progressed", the report notes.

If Amazon's Echo or Google's Home devices weren't enough for your hi-tech needs around the house, social media giant Facebook hopes it can fill whatever void's left.

Facebook is now planning to price Portal at $499 but could decide to lower the price to further spur consumer adoption.

Portal will be sold by Facebook through pop-up stores and online, people familiar with the matter said.

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