Facebook Portal

Smart, hands-free calling, with Alexa built in

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#3 Product of the DayOctober 08, 2018

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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  • Nick Georgiou
    Nick GeorgiouDeveloper, Firecannon

    Good for hands-free communication.


    Inferior to a mobile which you can just take anywhere.

    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.

    Nick Georgiou has never used this product.
  • Radu Vladislav
    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.

    Radu Vladislav has never used this product.
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Niv Dror
Niv DrorHiring@nivo0o0 · VC at Shrug Capital
An inside look at Facebook Portal inside your home:
Kai Gradert
Kai GradertPro@kaigradert · Designer at AngelList/Product Hunt
@nivo0o0 Nailed it :-)
Ben Ingignieri
Ben Ingignieri@ben_ingignieri · Creative Designer | www.bjidesigns.com
@nivo0o0 ahah this made this laugh a bit too much 😆probably accurate
Abd El Rahman Amer
Abd El Rahman Amer@abdelrahmanamer · User Researcher & Venture Designer
@nivo0o0 hahaha
Jessica Valenzuela
Jessica Valenzuela@hello_jv · Founder @GoGoGuest
@nivo0o0 this part is too funny!!!
Barry T. Whyte
Barry T. Whyte@bwhyte11 · Startup Advisor, Speaker & VR Founder.
@nivo0o0 😂😂 spot on
Konstantin Gonikman
Konstantin Gonikman@cocoapriest · Telling computers what to do
No sane person would place this thing in his/her home
Igor Akulov
Igor Akulov@igoruphere · Founder of Picax
I'd rather have Sauron's eye in my crib than this.
Sam@tomzie247 · Digital Media Manager, Bray Publishing
Paul James
Paul James@thinkinpixels · Founder, Roomr
You would have to be mad to buy this.
Ryan Hoover
Ryan HooverPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
This might be Facebook's most important launch of the year, the first hardware product they've shipped (it would have been the second if the Facebook phone didn't get canned). While much of the marketing and expectations around Portal are video-focused, it's also as much an audio/voice device. Today Amazon (Alexa, Echo), Google (Google Assistant, Home), and Apple (Siri, Homepod) have audio plays while Facebook remained on the sidelines. Considering Facebook is truly the only member of the FAANG that truly gets social, I'm excited to see their spin on this space. Are you going to buy one? I'd love to try this out with my long-distance SO.
Thomas Leitermann
Thomas Leitermann@thomasleiterman · Product Manager, inovex
@rrhoover it'll creep the hell out of me if facebook was now able to peek into my private space / video conversations... If your business model is user data / personalization then I would not buy such a device from you.
Allan Caeg
Allan Caeg@allancaeg · Founder, NorthStories.io
@rrhoover very keen to hear your thoughts on privacy
Ganapathy Narayan
Ganapathy Narayan@ganapathygananarayan
@rrhoover @thomasleiterman while V1 might underwhelm but necessary, my privacy concerns with FB has reached a new peak.
Kai Gradert
Kai GradertPro@kaigradert · Designer at AngelList/Product Hunt
@rrhoover This will be a hard sell IMO. Facebook has gambled away a lot of user trust over the past year. Time will tell.