Launched in the wake of multiple policy scandals that rocked the company , the device has gone from being treated suspiciously by critics to being more widely adopted by people desperate to communicate with other humans during pandemic-induced isolation. Now, Facebook has announced a move that could make the Portal more palatable to those still reluctant to put a Facebook-owned camera in their home. The company is adding support for additional videoconferencing services popular in the corporate world. In a not-at-all-odd bit of timing, Google and Amazon also announced Wednesday that they are adding support for Zoom to their Assistant-enabled smart displays and Alexa-enabled Echo displays, respectively. Owners of the countertop touchscreen devices—roughly analogous to the Portal—will be able to use them for Zoom calls later this year by syncing the devices with whatever calendar they use for Zoom meetings. Likewise, smart displays from Google and Amazon require an account on the companies' platforms.
Starting up your Portal
How do I set up my Portal?
The Facebook Portal smart display is great at making video calls to Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp contacts, and while its setup process is easy, it is somewhat lengthy. Insert the power cord into the back of the Portal, and plug it into an outlet. After the Portal connects to your network, it will automatically download and install the latest update. During this time, you can take a virtual tour of the device. After the Portal has finished downloading the update, it will ask you to restart it. Once the Portal has restarted, press continue to agree to the terms of service.
Customizing the Portal home screen
This article applies to Portal. See Portal TV article. Before setting up your Portal, make sure to review our health and safety guidelines. To set up your Portal, you'll need a Facebook or WhatsApp account. If you're having trouble using your Portal's touchscreen during setup, learn more about turning off accessibility options. Once your Portal is plugged in, follow the on-screen instructions to begin setup. If you have trouble connecting to the Wi-Fi, learn how to check your signal. Once you have finished connecting an account, follow the remaining on-screen instructions to complete setup.
These are essentially video-calling devices that use Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp to call or message friends, family and colleagues. Facebook Portal is a video communication device from Facebook. These are devices that are styled to look like digital photo frames and to sit nicely in your home as a beautiful and intelligent display until the time comes to place or receive a call. The focus of these devices is very much on video calling and "putting people at the centre". Facebook hopes the Portal range of smart displays will help connect more people in your life more easily. They each have different designs aesthetics, but they're both focused on video chatting and meant to make it feel like you're in the same room with the person on the other end of the call. As we mentioned, calls can also be placed via Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp, so end-to-end encryption is an option. This tech enables the cameras to recognise people and then follow them around the room and automatically pan and zoom while also minimising background noise and enhancing the voice of whoever is calling. With a wide-angle lens built-in, this also means that the Portal devices can pick-up multiple people in the room and track them as they move about.