Facebook Plans Video Chat Device To Rival Amazon Echo Show

Facebook Plans Video Chat Device To Rival Amazon Echo Show

In a reported bid to enter the hardware product market, Facebook is planning to launch a home video chat product titled "Portal" in May that will compete with Amazon's Echo Show and Google Assistant-enabled touchscreens. It will be something like Amazon's, a voice-controlled smart speaker with a screen.

Facebook is now planning to price Portal at $499 but could decide to lower the price to further spur consumer adoption, the Cheddar report said.

The company will release Portal later this year, .

Reports about the video chat device, but more details - like the name "Portal" - have now been revealed.

The device is now under development, and looks set to launch at its next developer conference in May, reports. "We're not commenting on this speculative report", a spokesperson said.

Rumors about Portal come after Facebook last month started using facial-recognition technology to notify users when someone uploads their image without tagging them. The division's boss, left in October.

Thus far, Facebook's hardware efforts have largely focused on so-called "Facebook phones", but that never really went anywhere. That's significantly more expensive than Amazon's Echo devices, Google, and Apple's.

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