ByMia Carla 2019-06-15 398
Portal and Portal+ are Facebook's smart loudspeakers that serve as communication and entertainment centers. Despite simple setup, simple operation via touch, great video telephony function via Facebook and the additional useful rotating screen available with the Portal+, there was still room for improvement with both devices - as the COMPUTER BILD test of the Portal and the Portal+ showed. The editorial team gave the site a rating of just 3.7. Fresh hardware from Facebook is scheduled for autumn: Will the company make any major improvements?
After Amazon and Google, other manufacturers are trying to assert themselves on the hardware front. So far, however, Facebook's smart speakers Portal and Portal+ have not been able to compete with devices such as Amazon Echo Show 2 (test score: 2.3) and Google Home (test score: 2.9). This may change soon. Facebook's vice president of augmented and virtual reality, Andrew Bosworth, announced the company was planning new versions of its portal devices, according to Reuters news agency: "We have much more that we'll introduce later this fall, new form factors that we'll deliver.
What these new form factors look like is still unclear. According to Vice President Bosworth, the next generation of devices will follow the trend of a "whole new generation" of hardware, according to CNBC. People should be able to connect even more easily in the future. As the Cheddar news site reports, there may be a camera-equipped device called Ripley that uses the same hardware as the portal devices. With Ripley, users should be able to mount a device on their TVs and easily use communication features: In the future, the TV will simply be used for video chatting.
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