Facebook launched Portal and Portal+ products in October last year, and announced a few months ago that it would introduce new Portal models in the fall. The company, which unveiled the new models yesterday, introduced the new Portal TV product as well as the redesigned models.
The company, which redesigned Facebook Portal and Portal Mini products, will soon launch Portal TV, which can be installed on top or bottom of the television.
Facebook, which has so far focused on video search in the Portal series, adds new features to the product with Portal TV. Portal TV, which allows users to access apps such as Spotify or Amazon Prime Video via their Televisions; Amazon stands out for its resemblance to Fire TV.
In addition, Portal TV allows users to access virtual assistants. Users who can access Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa via portal TV can use smart home systems and perform simple tasks such as playing music. Let’s say that users can also access Facebook’s virtual assistant with OK, Portal command. Users can do simpler things like learning their friend’s birthday through Facebook’s virtual assistant.
It is worth noting that the company, which has so far only provided Messenger support for video searches for portal products, has added WhatsApp to the device along with new products.
Portal products, previously only available in the United States and Canada, will now be available to many new countries, including France, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.
Facebook will launch these new Portal products with a lower price tag compared to previous models. The company will sell Portal Mini for $129 and Portal for $179. Both products will be delivered to users starting on November 15th. Portal TV, the company’s new product, will meet buyers on November 5th at a price of $149.
Finally, facebook is not indifferent to the security and privacy concerns we have raised about the Portal. In these new devices, the company offers users a physical button to turn off the camera and microphone. After the camera and microphone in portal products are turned off, a red light is on. In addition to this new button, there is a physical slider placed on the camera.
However, given that Facebook recently deciphered audio recordings in Messenger by playing it to contract employees, it is possible to question once again the reliability of these security measures.