Facebook is reportedly working on a home device called “Portal”

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Facebook’s rumored home video chat device could hit the market before the end of the year. The device, according to Cheddar; an online new network, will be called Portal and will be the company’s first hardware product to be finished from Facebook’s secretive Building 8 lab.

The announcement has been fixed to coincide with Facebook’s developer conference scheduled to hold next May.

Cheddar reports that the social networking behemoth plans to make Portal available in the market at $499. The device will serve as a way for friends and families to chat from a common hub—same way Amazon Echo Show device works.

Facebook obviously wants a piece of the market—and that’s talking about smart speakers. Smart speakers as you may have read severally, is fast gaining wide repute by becoming very popular among millions of people these days.

Cheddar reports that Portal will be first of many other hardware devices Facebook plans to release in the coming years. Facebook, according to the report, will make use of the social media’s sophisticated computer vision capabilities to identify people through its camera and subsequently share pair them with Facebook accounts. Not a surprise that one—Facebook as you already know is always coming up with new ways to attract more people to its platform while also keeping them engaged.

In related news, Amit Fulay has left his position as head of Google Allo and Duo to join social media giant Facebook. Amit left the Mountain View Callifornia-based search giant after spending the last seven and half years in Google. He is expected to serve in the role of “Product @ Facebook.”

Fulay made the announcement on Monday on his Twitter page. His Twitter bio has been updated to reflect his new position. His tweet reads:

Google is yet to announce a new head for two of its recent messaging and video apps—Allo and Duo. Fulay on his part, has already moved on as his latest tweet suggests. In a tweet confirming resumption at Facebook, Fulay said: “Today is my first day at Facebook – accepted their friend request
Excited about the opportunity to serve so many users
.”

Fulay was in the thick of everything that happened to Allo and Duo between September 2016 until he left to take up his new appointment at Facebook. Facebook presents him with a new challenge—one that will further present him with a platform to show how much he has gained in terms of experience in the last seven and half years.

Fulay thanked his former teammates at Google in a tweet he posted on his Twitter page on Monday:

“The last 7.5 years have been nothing short of amazing at Google. It was a privilege to help build Allo, Duo & Hangouts. Thanks to my amazing teammates who made the journey something I will cherish forever.”


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Author: Ola Ric

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