Smart displays are getting more and more popular these days. Amazon, Google, and Apple have been a part of the smart speaker with a screen and digital assistant since a while. Recently, Facebook joined the fray with its very own smart display devices called Portal and Portal Plus.
Facebook’s smart displays are made chiefly for the purpose of video calls, and they come with Alexa along with Facebook’s “Hey, Portal” command.
Does this sound interesting? Let’s dig deeper and check out the features of Portal.
What all can you do with Facebook Portal and Portal Plus?
With the help of this smart display, one can video chat with their friends on Facebook. The Portal device offers a convenient way for video chatting with people.
You can place it anywhere and the camera shifts on its own depending on the user’s movement. With this, you do not have to reposition the device constantly. You can video conference with people fully hands-free while you are cooking, cleaning, doing the laundry, or working on the computer.
One of the unique things about this smart display is that, when the user is present in a place that is crowded, then the camera pans and zooms to focus on the user. Moreover, it comes with a voice-amplifying mic.
How to make video calls on Portal?
Well, one of the first doubts that come to mind regarding Portal is that, who can a person video call? Well, with a Portal device, people can make video calls to anybody who uses Facebook Messenger. Both parties do not necessarily need to have a Portal.
In order to make video calls, simply choose the person you wish to call, and just command the device to make the call. The group video call feature can host up to 7 users at one time.
When you are on a call, there is a lot of stuff that you can do. You can not only experiment with the various Augmented Reality masks, but you can also use Spotify or Pandora for sharing songs.
Moreover, it comes with a unique storytime mode feature. With this feature, guardians or elder relatives can read out stories laced with graphics, animations, and sound effects to the children.
Portal Plus has some pretty powerful speakers. With a good bass, they give competition to Echo Plus. Users can stream music from Spotify, Pandora, as well as iHeartRadio. For video streaming, users can make the use of the Food Network along with Facebook Watch.
Where to get it?
Both of the two new smart displays by Facebook can be purchased from Facebook, Amazon.com, and BestBuy.com online. You can also check them out at Amazon Books as well as Best Buy stores. They are available for purchase as well. The company is offering a massive discount when a person buys two portals at the same time.