Facebook has announced it’s bringing Netflix, Zoom, new titles to its Story Time library, AR stories, and more to its Portal devices.
To strengthen its Portal devices’ offerings and help people stay connected and work remotely, Facebook is adding new goodies, including access to Netflix and Zoom, a new remote, new titles in the Story Time library, and more.
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Netflix on Portal TV
Portal TV users can already watch Amazon Prime Video, SHOWTIME, and SLING TV content on Portal TV; Facebook is now adding Netflix to the list in all countries where Portal is available. You will, of course, need a subscription to watch movies and shows.
With the addition of the Netflix app on Portal TV comes a brand new remote with one-touch buttons for Prime Video, Facebook Watch, and Netflix, allowing you to get to the entertainment you want quickly. Facebook will start shipping the remote with Portal TV this week from portal.facebook.com. It will be arriving in retail stores within the next few weeks.
Zoom on Portal
To help Portal users get more out of their meetings, Facebook has also added Zoom on Portal, making the device a dedicated screen for video calls. Zoom on Portal is available on Portal Mini, Portal, and Portal+ in all regions where Portal is sold.
After announcing an expansion of its Story Time library with stories “that reflect and celebrate the diverse families that use Portal,” Facebook is rolling out several new stories: Thank You, Omu!, A Kids Book About Belonging, and Grandma’s Purse.
AR on Portal
But that’s not all. Facebook is also bringing AR four Dr. Seuss classics: Hop on Pop, Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?, The Foot Book, and There’s a Wocket in my Pocket! These stories will be rolling out this fall.
Users can control AR Effects in Photo Booth using their voice with “Hey Portal.” Also, users can “Hey Portal” with AR effects to create and send fun themed cards. Finally, they can take photos and videos with AR effects to share with friends and family on Messenger.
“Hey Portal” en Español
But last but not least, Facebook is adding “Hey Portal” voice control in Spanish (US), in addition to English. More languages are coming soon. However, users can specify French, Spanish, Italian, or English for on-screen text on Portal.