Facebook to launch new models of its Portal smart display


Facebook launched its first Portal smart speakers – or rather, smart displays, since they came with screens – in October 2018.

The 10 and 15-inch screened devices went on sale first in the US, using Amazon’s Alexa for their voice-control features, with support for Spotify, Pandora and iHeartRadio on the music-streaming side.

Facebook hasn’t yet announced any sales figures for the devices. However, the company is working on some next-generation Portals, according to its VP of AR/VR Andrew Bosworth. “We have a lot more that we’re going to unveil later in this fall, new form factors that we’re going to be shipping,” he told the Code Conference in Phoenix, according to CNBC. “Hardware is coming to the home, and we want to make sure that human connection, connection between two people, is a first-party experience on that hardware.”

The Portal devices are competing against Amazon’s Echo Show and Google’s Nest Hub, among other smart displays.

Stuart Dredge

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