Facebook wants you to get video chat devices and give up your privacy
Get your privacy laid with two hot Portals
Facebook has become too big to fail and any data leak will not topple it. It became so ubiquitous that the whole generation does not imagine a life without sharing&liking. The only thing Facebook lacks to join the giants of mobile computing is the own hardware. And Facebook is eager to fill the gap.
Facebook has announced its first own gadget. The Facebook Portal is a video chat screen, available in two variants.
The Facebook Portals are for the time being only available in the US. The devices supported speech assistant Alexa from Amazon.
There are two versions available. The Facebook Portal with a horizontal 10-inch screen has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels and costs 199 dollars (converted 174 euros).
The 15-inch version has a rotatable full HD screen that can be used both vertically and horizontally. The larger Portal + costs $ 349. The devices can be used as smart speakers, and to view videos and photos.
Portal has special camera cover
Both devices have a camera that the user can follow as it moves through the room. No facial recognition is used, but two-dimensional position tracking that is not provided by a server but by the device itself. The devices are also equipped with microphones and speakers that are focused on speech.
A separate chip ‘hears’ whether users say the activation word of the Portal. Recordings are not stored according to Facebook, and the data connection of the Portal is encrypted. Moreover, both Portals are supplied with a plastic cap with which the camera can be covered.
Facebook waited with Portal because of privacy leaks
With these measures, the Facebook-infested Facebook would hope to reassure consumers. According to rumors, Facebook would have been planning to unveil the Portal earlier this year.
However, due to the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, Facebook would have decided not to reveal the camera during its big F8 event in May, sources said in March to Bloomberg.
Facebook already came in 2013 with its own smartphone, developed in collaboration with HTC. That HTC First did not become a sales success.