Facebook Portal

Smart, hands-free calling, with Alexa built in

0.6/5
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Connecting through Portal feels like being together in the same room, even when you’re far apart. And Portal makes it easier to connect more regularly with the most important people in your life.

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76 Reviews0.6/5
Nick GeorgiouDeveloper, Firecannon

Here are my 4 biggest issues with Facebook Portal. This gets ranty, I'm sorry. I like to see a big company trying new things but I don't think this is the right vision for the future.

1. Trust

Do people trust Facebook enough with their data to want to put Facebook's camera and microphone in their home? I don't think so.

2. Proprietary platforms

Aren't we sick of proprietary platforms? What happened to standards? You can't call anyone who isn't on Facebook or Messenger. Plus, you're tied down to Alexa. That doesn't seem very user-friendly. Remember when it was a big deal that IE had a massive market share and was installed into Windows? At least you could download other browsers.

3. Lack of mobility

You need to be in a room to call someone? Seems a bit '90s. A phone lets you go anywhere and call people wherever you are.

4. Form factor

Facebook wants you to add a whole new immobile screen when you already have a massive TV in your living room.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out. I certainly won't be buying a Facebook Portal, but I'll be observing with bated breath to see the reception of the public.

Pros:

Good for hands-free communication.

Cons:

Inferior to a mobile which you can just take anywhere.

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Social SuiteSocial Suite
1. Trust You make a good point. Obviously facebook is not releasing this out out of the goodness of there hearts or to solely to improve peoples life, they want to sell ads eventually, that's there business model. So I'm guessing they may have a plan to secretly record video and audio to sell relevant ads or something. Or even a scariest thought, to allow government agencies to access the camera. It's the classic foot in the door technique - when this is used widely and part of peoples homes, they are more likely accept larger requests, e.g. seeing relevant ads etc. 2. Proprietary platforms Your right and does not meet there business model of selling ads. If it were open source, you probably see all sort of tracking software integrated. 3. Lack of mobility Maybe this is designed for hermits or the elderly? Since most people are at work or outdoors doing stuff, not sitting around being recorded. Maybe they should change the target market, this would be perfect for security (watching your home if abroad), checking the kids, live video courses (e.g. like yoga classes, chefs etc - if facebook portal has group functionality) or even paid webcam girls! 😉 Had idea of using this for Facebook "big brother" online TV Show, I can put these facebook portals in all my rooms and you pay to watch me wash, eat, sleep and watch TV, any takers? Joking obviously. 😃 4. Form factor Yeah, you have a laptop, TV, mobile, tablet, now you want extra facebook portal? So many screens! Would of made more sense if they released this as some sort of dongle or attachment for your current TV or laptop, bit like Chromecast. But again, that would probably never happen, since they want to use there own proprietary camera technology to eventually record your every movement. Conclusion I certainly won't be buying a Facebook Portal, but like you, I'll be observing with bated breath to see the reception of the public.
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Radu Vladislav🛠️ Building up Backpacker Chart 🏝️

After all the scandal you'd be insane to place (read buy) a fb camera + and amazon mic in your house. They are just teaming up to gather data so they'll know every f#$%#% little thing about you.

Never used. Never will.

Pros:

None

Cons:

Privacy

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I don't trust facebook leadership to be disciplined with this type of product which can be quite invasive.

Pros:

N/A for me

Cons:

N/A for me

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Paul JamesFounder, Kucha
Agree with general theme of comments around privacy. Facebook's business model is not safely compatible with this type of product.
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Facebook is still fighting with rumors that their app doesn't keep the microphone on and listen in on conversations. (Remember when people talk about something and suddenly it appears as a ad in their newsfeed?)

Without basic features like web navigation - it's really hard to recommend it vs it's competitors like the Amazon Show, or even a Chromebook.

Pros:

We move closer and closer to a future where screens are everywhere

Cons:

It's from Facebook

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Why is "screens are everywhere" a pro! Who wants another (non-portable) screen just to video call, when we have phones and tablets already..
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Baxter BaxterCreator, Breath Taking Concepts

FB is smart enough to know this won’t work, so I’m left what’s in it for them to lose such a chunk of change.

Pros:

possible tax write off for FB, but no pros for the consumer

Cons:

Plenty. Including the world not needing another screen, Especially a mono-functional one

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I cannot trust facebook

Pros:

There are no pros to this

Cons:

Facebook misuses my personal information

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What can possibly go wrong? Why would you need hardware camera block? Unless security...

Pros:

Useful for keeping families connected

Cons:

Do we really need a dedicated hardware for that?

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M ShN/a

Another privacy debacle in waiting

Pros:

Any?

Cons:

Facebook in our living rooms or kitchens? No war

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Miloc Belcevictouch for stories ♡ for startups.

I think it's not completely natural solution, and gives few advantages compared to a smartphone. Also not sure if people would be keen to use it in general, and especially not now after all the privacy issues and scandals with FB.

Pros:

Could be handy for hands-free communication

Cons:

Don't see why it's better than a smartphone we take with us anyway; not sure if users would like Facebook's cam and mic in the house

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J Keith HallCo-Founder & Developer, theWTFactory

What is this good for/

Pros:

I don’t see any at all, it’s yet another device to take up time, Monty, and space that I don’t need

Cons:

It Facebook which I have an account with but don’t ever use and it’s a device that doesn’t solve anyone’s problems at all

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Martijn WismeijerThey promised us free Bitcoin!

Can't believe fb wants us to purchase this when Marc Zuckerberg tapes his webcam on his cellphone to prevent camera recordings. Downright creepy, the first product on product hunt I'm down voting.

Pros:

None

Cons:

It's facebook

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The + design looks terrible and since it uses Alexa it's basically a phone you can't take anywehre.

Pros:

None

Cons:

The + design looks terrible and since it uses Alexa it's basically a phone you can't take anywehre.

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Pros:

dedicated device for FB...

Cons:

not practical to take it any where...

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RajatCurious.

Never used this device and probably will never use it because I don't trust Facebook at all.

Pros:

None

Cons:

Cannot trust Facebook

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Don't like having open camera to your home with today's times

Pros:

Ease and convenient

Cons:

Privacy

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Álvaro FarforioLost in the digital world.

Just allow Facebook to get a mic and a camera in your home. I would never do that!

Pros:

Nothing

Cons:

It's Facebook

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I'm not sure why people are concerned with FB privacy over companies like Google (Google+ leak and they know way more about you through search). For my kids to be able to interact easily with grandparents overseas this is a perfect device. Agree that its not suited for every household though.

Pros:

Living away from my family, this is great to have a hands free, dedicated big screen

Cons:

Limited to Messenger contacts

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Erin DelacroixEntrepreneur

Please devote resources towards solving a real world problem. I would not consider buying this redundancy.

Pros:

None

Cons:

Material and energy waste

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Facebook has gone off the deep end

Pros:

world's most advanced data-vacuuming adtech

Cons:

no no no

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anand muglikarCEO @StomatoBot1 Your Digital WatchMan

doesn't seem like something i'll use in this life.

Pros:

none

Cons:

privacy

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we received this product as a gift. we put it in a closet and will only use it when people request to video chat on the portal. It is good for when there are several people in the room and someone wants to feel part of the group. We do not trust Facebook enough to leave it plugged in all the time plus it is big and awkward in size.
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Alessandro RigobelloInteractive frontend developer
Use apps like skype, google apps etc...
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