Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

Facebook 'Portal' to compete with Echo Show, report says

Facebook 'Portal' to compete with Echo Show, report says

"Portal" is seen as a competition to Amazon Echo Show and four Google Assistant-powered smart speakers that were launched at CES 2018 this week.

Word has it that Facebook is developing its own home video chat device. Third-party streaming is also available, allowing the use of Netflix and Spotify to play favorite movies and songs.

"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.

Facebook did not respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation's request for comment by time of publication.

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However, Facebook is reportedly planning to pitch Portal as a social device for keeping people in touch with friends and family.

Portal will feature a wide-lens camera that can detect faces and associate them with their Facebook accounts.

Veteran Facebook ad exec Andrew Bosworth was appointed last summer to lead all of the company's hardware efforts, including its separate Oculus virtual reality business. The report claimed that Facebook plans to sell the device for $499 through pop-up stores as well as online. 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. It said that Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg told employees he wants the device to change user behavior and encourage phone-like usage among owners.

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