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Facebook broadcasted two new models of its Portal video-calling devices, including its first portable version.
It’s also proclaimed that Facebook was testing with several U.S. companies, a service for businesses to remotely manage Portal work accounts and devices.
The usage of Portal Devices has been increased during Covid Pandemic as many companies make a turn towards remote working or work from home. However, the actual sales numbers on Portal have not been provided by Facebook yet.
Facebook makes the overwhelming majority of its money from digital ads.
The Social Media Company launched its first line of Portals in 2018 and is under careful examination from global lawmakers and regulators over its approach to user safety, privacy, etc.
The smart-display devices which are one among Facebook's ventures into selling hardware, let users make video calls, with cameras that automatically follow users around an area.
The new models have received updates and features such as “household mode” which allows users to share a Portal and control others' access to their contacts and apps, and how to observe TV through the merchandise with others who aren't employing a Portal device.
Facebook alleged that portable Portal Go will cost $199 and the large-screen Portal+, the latest generation of the product, will cost $349. The shipping of devices will start on October 19.
Facebook also claimed that it would begin adding support for Microsoft Teams in Portal in December.
The company has reported a revenue of $497 million (non-advertising revenue) in the second quarter of 2021. The sales of Oculus Quest 2 VR Headsets are responsible for the said revenue amount.
The company also launched a test of a VR remote work app where Quest 2 users can hold meetings as avatar versions of themselves.