Facebook Is Launching Portal To Compete Echo Show
News

Facebook Is Ready To Launch Portal, An Echo Show Competitor At $499

The device will be available later this year

Facebook Is Ready To Launch Portal, An Echo Show Competitor At $499

Facebook finally started talking about its secret smart home video chat product that will compete with Amazon’s Echo show. According to a report from Cheddar, the social media giant is planning to launch its video chatting hardware product later this year. The report also reveals that the product will be called Portal and developed under the Building 8 division of the company. The Building 8 lab is Facebook’s secretive division similar to Apple’s X that works on projects confidentially.

As top-notch tech giants Google, Amazon, and Apple are consistently placing smart home devices on the market, Facebook urges too for the competition. The first report about the Facebook's home video product was revealed back in July 2017. Portal is a voice-enabled smart video chatting device that will allow the users to video chat. Moreover, the device can be seen as the extension of the company’s social platform to provide a more interactive way for family and friends to communicate. According to Cheddar, Facebook will sell the device for $499 and planning to launch it later this year. The Portal will be the first consumer product for Facebook after the company failed to build a smartphone with an unsuccessful partnership with HTC in 2013. However, there are still reports stating the company had patented the ‘Facebook Smartphone’ in 2015.

The company is planning to formally announce about the Portal in early May which may take place at the company’s F8 developer conference. Similar to Amazon's Echo Show the Portal Will also has the capability of holding the video calls and streaming music and videos. However, Amazon already has its ecosystem, Amazon Prime to stream content through the device, but Facebook has to rely on the partnership with other brands like Netflix and Spotify. The device will also incorporate the facial recognition ability to link its users to their Facebook account for more functionalities.

Where Amazon and Google are revolutionizing the market by placing more and more smarter home products under budget, the Facebook’s $499 priced device could be hefty for consumers. However, Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg already mentioned the employees for caring less about profits as he plans to change the consumer's behavior. The Portal is also the first product from Facebook’s secretive hardware consumer lab, Building 8 that started in April 2016.

In the market that is already owned by Google and Amazon, it would be very hard for Facebook to penetrate a major portion of consumers in the beginning. The Facebook's smart home video chatting device need to perform exceptionally well against the other smart home products in order to replace them, according to a research conducted by The Verge and Retical Research in October last year.

Tanya <span>Editor In Chief</span>
Written By
Tanya Editor In Chief

She is a content marketer and has more than five years of experience in IoT, blockchain, Web, and mobile development. In all these years, she closely followed the app development, and now she writes about the existing and the upcoming mobile app technologies. Her essence is more like a ballet dancer.

News

Facebook F8 2018 Keynotes You Should Know About

4 min read  

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced the number of upgrades and news at F8 conference 2018. The developer conference that focuses on the developers building new products around the website takes place every year. In the conference, Mark Zuckerberg announces the changes and upcoming updates to

News

Facebook is Launching "Did You Know" Questionnaire Feature

4 min read  

Facebook is all set to launch a new “Did You Know” social questionnaire to get more information about the users. The feature known as “Did You Know” Initiative will be rolled out for mobile and the web users alike to know users’ preferences by asking a few questions. Th

News

iPhone X User's Delight: Singing Poop Ad Feature in iOS 11

4 min read  

iOS 11 is one of the most celebrated operating systems for Apple owing to the amazing features the giant has embedded in this OS. Among a series of features, Apple is introducing a new feature in the form of an animated version of some of the most popular emojis introduced earlier in iPhones. The ne

News

Google's Latest Android OS is Here: Steps To Get The Beta On Your Phone

4 min read  

Google I/O saw major developments that are either happening or are yet to happen in the revolutionary Google world. Among a number of announcements that were made by the giant, Android P was among one of the major releases. It is a well-known fact that a new OS features are available for the develop