A new update for Facebook’s Portal devices adds some much-needed features to the dedicated video chat screens. Now, both the smaller, standard Portal and the larger Portal+ version will be able to access the web through a custom-built browser.
Well Facebook it making is video chat more interactive. Besides these, earlier Facebook has launched its video service like YouTube as well. Now, with a proper browser and Instant Games support, Portal sounds like a much more viable smart home device.
Facebook is going to announce the addition to its web browsing. Not only had these features, Facebook also planned to add some of Messenger’s Instant Games like Battleship, Draw Something, Sudoku and Words with Friends. While, ABC News and CNN are also the part of Facebook Portal. That now also has a manual zoom mode for its auto-zooming smart camera so you can zero in on a particular thing in view. Facebook has also added new augmented reality Story Time tales, seasonal AR masks, in-call music sharing through iHeartRadio beyond Spotify and Pandora that already offer it and nickname calling so you can say “Hey Portal, call Mom.”
Facebook has also added a new feature of AR Story Time tales, seasonal AR masks, in-call music sharing through iHeartRadio beyond Spotify and Pandora. This vital update by Facebook can play a key role in re-positioning Portal as not only a video chat device but more in the line with Amazon Echo Show and Google Home Hub.
When Facebook Portal was first launched in October, the device didn’t have much of a reason to exist beyond giving Facebook a way to try its hand at hardware. But a lot of people who are feeling okay with bringing a Facebook camera and microphone into their homes seemed slim, especially after a lot of people complained about its lack of features.