Facebook Updates Its Portal Smart Displays With New Features

Posted on December 14, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Hardware with 2 Comments

Facebook is rolling out somewhat of a major update for its Portal smart displays. Although the company’s devices haven’t been received well by the market mainly because of the privacy concerns surrounding its brand, the company is continuing to push both the Portal and the Portal+.

Today’s update brings a new web browser into the Portal, so you can browse the web and your favourite sites on the devices. The update introduces a new manual zoom mode for its smart camera, which previously had an auto-zooming feature built to focus on the subject during video calls, for example. With today’s update, you can zoom into whatever you want.

The update brings some other less useful features like a bunch of new Instant Games from Messenger, including games like Battleship, Draw Something, Sudoku, and Words With Friends, reports TechCrunch.  The company is introducing some new AR masks to the devices as well for the holiday season.

And lastly, Portal’s in-call music sharing feature that lets you listen along to music from services like Spotify with others on a call through the device now supports iHeartRadio. All the features are rolling out today.

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2 responses to “Facebook Updates Its Portal Smart Displays With New Features”

  1. wolters

    I obtained the Portal Plus for review. I didn't want to like this device for many reasons, especially for security and the recent Photo leak. But it is by far the best video conference device I've ever used, and that is coming from someone who still uses the Kinect on the XBOX One X with Skype. The following camera is simply awesome and the call quality is the best I've seen. The story time feature is a novelty but a nice one to have. Amazon Alexa integration isn't full blown but it works. That said, I don't leave it powered on. Just don't trust Facebook.

  2. Jeffsters

    The sound of silence....