Facebook Hopes to Unveil Video Chat Device Soon

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Facebook is getting ready to unveil its long-rumored video chat device, according to a new Cheddar report. The public announcement of the device, which is internally known as Portal, could reportedly come as early as next week.

Facebook didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

The device has been described in a number of reports over the past couple of months as a smart display device similar to Amazon’s Echo Show. In fact, Cheddar reported this week that Facebook is relying on Amazon’s Alexa smart assistant for voice control.

In addition to smart speaker and display capabilities, Portal reportedly has advanced image recognition technology built-in that allow it to recognize the people in front of its camera. Video chat and other social features are being powered by Facebook’s social networking data.

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SOURCE: Variety, Janko Roettgers

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