Facebook unveils video call device amid privacy concerns

Ruben Fields
October 11, 2018

In addition, video calls on the Portal are encrypted, which means the calls are always secure. As far as the sound quality, the devices are also able to identify background noises to reduce them and enhance the voice of the person who is talking wherever they move in the room. So, it can connect calls to people who are not using "Portal".

Facebook unveiled Portal, which comes with a 10-inch 1,280 x 800 touchscreen, as a smart speaker that is focused on enabling video calling among friends and family.

Both of the Portals are created to be used from a distance of between 5ft to 10ft (1.5m to 3m) - further than video calls are typically made from using smartphones and other computers.

The Portal will even have its very own command call, triggered by saying "Hey Portal." similar to that of Amazon and Google.

Facebook says that the device can't record video tracking function is only needed for proper construction of the frame, and processes the voice requests the device itself, not the servers of the social network. Portal plays your favorite music, and powerful speakers will fill your room with rich, hi-fi sound 2 Full-Range Drivers 10w Rich Sound.

Google and Facebook have joined Amazon in offering the next wave of home speakers, Alexa with a twist, with a video display. Both devices are available now for pre-order in the USA - from Facebook at portal.facebook.com, as well as Amazon and Best Buy - and will begin shipping in November.

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Mark Zuckerberg noticed that everyone is talking about how Facebook Portal is eavesdropping on their conversations and he decided to make the following statement: "Facebook Portal doesn't listen to, view, or keep the contents of your Portal video calls".

Portal was designed as a screen and camera gadget to make video calling more intuitive and immersive by using Artificial Intelligence and motion sensors to detect movement during video calls.

The company says Facebook's privacy policy applies to Portal, since it uses Messenger for voice and video calls.

Facebook's introduction of a device that peers into people's homes may make many consumers uncomfortable with the social network's repeated privacy scandals, including its biggest-ever data breach two weeks ago that exposed information of about 90 million users. But the devices also come with built-in support for Amazon's Alexa, so you can talk to the Portal as you might the Echo Show. But there are still a lot of security concerns associated with Facebook's Portal making it to homes.

"You can completely disable the camera and microphone with a single tap". Facebook will be faced with the steep obstacle of once again having to build consumer trust if they want its Portal line to be successful and compete with industry leaders. These devices are still too much of a leap of faith right now for Facebook to ask of its users.

The device will only be available initially in the United States, but users can connect to anyone with a Messenger account anywhere in the world.

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