Facebook last week announced it’s bringing BlueJeans, GoToMeeting, Webex, and Zoom integration to its Portal devices in September.
Remote collaboration is getting more comfortable on Portal smart devices. In addition to their high-fidelity sound and an AI-powered Smart Camera for hands-free video calling, Portal Mini, Portal, and Portal+ are all getting integrations with BlueJeans, GoToMeeting, Webex, and Zoom. The apps will be available on the devices in September, with plans to roll out on Portal TV in the future.
As Facebook explains in an announcement last week:
“Whether you’re meeting one-on-one with a colleague or joining up to 1,000 participants, Portal helps you get more out of your meetings. With Portal as a dedicated screen for your video calls, it’s easier to be present with your co-workers, and you’re freed up to take notes or access more information on your computer.”
Portal’s Smart Camera will always keep you in the frame, and Smart Sound will minimize distracting background noise, regardless of how many people are on each call.
Starting a conversation on Portal is easy. Upcoming meetings on your Portal appear as links that you can tap join. Furthermore, you can also take advantage of the whiteboard function on BlueJeans and Zoom – using your finger to draw on your Portal screen.
Of course, you will need to download the BlueJeans, GoToMeeting, Webex or Zoom apps from your Portal in order to use them.
Workplace on Portal gets backgrounds
Workplace has been available on Portal devices (including portal TV) for the last few months, but now Facebook is adding backgrounds for video calls, “to eliminate distractions in your workspace.”
Portal gets Workplace Login
Portal can now be used as a dedicated work device – to call co-workers and participate in meetings – as you don’t need to log in with Facebook or WhatsApp. You can soon create a free Workplace login.
You can choose to set a 4-12-digit screen lock passcode on Portal to control access to your device. And to help keep your meetings secure, Workplace on Portal requires a local PIN code before accessing your meetings and calendar information, which the GoToMeeting and Zoom apps on Portal will also support.