14 August 2019
Facebook Portal, a smart display that lets you do video chats via Facebook Messenger was launched seven months ago. The hardware is still very new and hasn’t been made available to countries other than the US. But the company is reportedly already working on more smart displays. Nothing tangible is available about these new Portal speakers but according to the company’s vice president of AR/VR, Andrew Bosworth, the new form factors are coming.
He said during an interview at the Code Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona,
We have a lot more that we’re going to unveil later in this fall, new form factors that we’re going to be shipping.
He further said,
There was a lot of conversation around us launching Portal. But it’s about what Facebook is at its core. It’s entirely about private conversation.
It should be noted that Facebook Portal hasn’t really received all the positive reception from a privacy and policy perspective. Facebook fell into a major political scandal in 2018 and in the latter half, it launched an “always-watching and always-listening” product. So, end users were skeptical whether or not to go for this new hardware from Facebook.
It appears those privacy and user data abuse scandals don’t affect Facebook. They, in fact, appear to be too normal as it’s not a new thing to experience for them. It’s been there for a very long time and the company seems to believe such hurdles shouldn’t stop them from experimenting new things, which is why we are hearing the plans of launching new versions of Portal.
Bosworth has posted only a minute detail on the versions of Portal, we expect to hear more about them. So stay tuned.