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Facebook Portal: the Facebook video chat device coming soon

Facebook could launch a videochat device called Facebook Portal for the price of $ 499. He will probably be presented at the F8 conference

Facebook could launch a videochat device called Portal for the price of $ 499, Facebook Portal, according to some sources reported on the Cheddar news website, it will probably be presented at the annual F8 Facebook developer conference, which will be held on May 1 and 2 in San Jose, California. The device should be available for purchase in the United States by the end of 2018.

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Facebook Portal: the video chat device

The price is not yet definitive (we are talking about $ 499) and could be reduced to compete with offers like the Amazon Echo Show, which currently costs around $ 230. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, Google announced that Google Assistant's first smart speakers with a screen will soon be available through companies like JBL, Lenovo and Sony, starting at $ 199. Reportedly, CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated that the profit generated by Portal is not as important as, instead, the influence on the change in the behavior of Facebook users.

Facebook Portal: videochat for family with voice commands

Portal will be focused, as reported, on video chat for family and friends instead of acting as an AI assistant like Amazon's Alexa or Microsoft's Cortana. Like Alexa and Google's assistant, Portal will respond to voice commands and, allegedly, incorporate streaming services like Netflix and Spotify.

Facebook portal with Ozlo artificial intelligence

Anonymous sources also told Bloomberg last summer that Facebook intended to market a chat device with videos in early 2018, perhaps at the F8 developer conference. The scoop arrived just after Facebook took over the AI ??Ozlo digital assistant. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Facebook Portal with wide angle for facial recognition

Both Cheddar and Bloomberg report that the device will use a wide-angle lens to recognize faces associated with Facebook accounts. Last month, Facebook released new tools to help users better manage their identity on Facebook by using facial recognition to alert people when their face appears on Facebook.