SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc’s (FB.D) revealing of the new models, the Portal to video chat with devices on Wednesday, bringing the company’s first foray into the TV streaming hardware offering a selection of subscription-based service.
A FILE PHOTO of Stickers bearing the Facebook logo is pictured at the Facebook Inc. F8 developers conference in San Jose, California, united states, April 30, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam/File Photo
The launch comes as Facebook is attempting to rotate in the direction of a more private form of communication, and after a few years of a slowdown in the growth rate of the user, and the sharing of information of scandals and calls for change from the hands-off approach to moderation.
The company is now one of the biggest global players in private messages with WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram apps are used by about 2.4 billion people each month.
It is the focus of the new Portal on-line video calling, with the addition of the ability to WhatsApp, calls, together with the improvements, at a wide-angle camera that keeps the user in focus as they move about the room.
Facebook is to expand the Portal to sell it in other countries, including the united kingdom, France, germany, and Australia, as lower prices to better compete with the industry-leading smart speaker from Amazon and Google, which sell for less than $100.
By default, the models of the Portal, which will ship on Oct. 15), coming in at $129 and $179) versions. Portal the SCREEN will cost $149 and are on the shelves on Dec. 5.
Facebook is hoping the social aspects of the products, will be their selling point, allowing users to watch shows along at the interacting with them via video call, on the same screen.
“I like to think that in a few years’ time, if you have a smart streaming device that doesn’t have a camera that lets you video call, people, you’re not going to have a competitive product,” – said the vice-president of the AR/VR) by Andrew Bosworth. “I think this is the killer feature for a device like this.”
Bosworth also recommends the protection of privacy, as the local processing for the smart functions on the device, which means that most of the information of the user does not need to be send back to the Facebook servers.
But a TV is a Portal that offers only a few music apps, and has a limited number of options for the program, which means that it may be faced with a significant challenge in attracting consumers with rich content that rivals, such as Apple TV, Netflix and Roku.
At a rally in San Francisco, california, on Tuesday, which is the only way to get current shows seem to be using Facebook to Look for a new app. Executives said the Portal’s TV and Amazon Prime Video app, it will load in the time available.
The company declined to say whether he had approached other content providers such as HBO, Hulu or Disney world.
Facebook is not known how many of the Portals have been sold since the device’s launch, at the end of last year, but the hardware is a small part of the total revenue.
The social media giant, less than 2% of its revenue from non-advertising sources.
Reporting by Katie Paul; Editing by Gerry Doyle