Saturday, 20 January, 2018

Facebook to reportedly release an Echo Show competitor with facial recognition

Facebook's 'Portal' Smart Display Reportedly Launching This May for $499 Facebook reportedly plans 'Portal' video chat device
Terence Owen | 10 January, 2018, 09:12

Those devices would compete directly with the Amazon Echo Show, which is a voice-controlled speaker with a screen.

Speaking to Cheddar, sources claimed that Facebook Portal will be a chat device with a screen so that users can stay connected with their family and friends using video chat and "other social features". Compared to the Echo Show, Portal will be much more costly.

"CEO Mark Zuckerberg has told employees that he doesn't care if the [Portal] device generates profit but rather wants it to change user behavior and encourage phone-like usage among owners", Cheddar reported. As Cheddar further noted, Facebook signed big music licensing deals with Sony/ATV and Universal Music Group a year ago, so you might be able to expect some kind of homegrown music streaming service as well. Facebook's Portal would sell for $500 starting this summer of 2018, according to Cheddar, the digital streaming news service that first reported the story, citing unidentified people familiar with the situation.

The device could vie for space in people's kitchens and living rooms with similar gadgets from Google, Amazon and Apple, which all have voice-assisted speakers. The platform has heavily invested in facial recognition over the years, and most recently rolled out a feature to notify users of photos of them even when they aren't tagged.

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When contacted by PCMag on Tuesday, Facebook declined to comment.

Portal would be the first product to launch from Facebook's secretive consumer hardware lab, Building 8, which has suffered a rocky start since its opening in April 2016.

But back to the portal: The camera on this device will reportedly use a wide angle lens, to capture more of the Portal's surrounding, and it will be able to use facial recognition software to always know who is in front of it.

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