Facebook has announced it is working on an updated version of its Portal smart displays, which should be available this Fall.
The announcement came from Andrew Bosworth, Facebook’s VP of AR/VR. Speaking at the Code Conference in Scottsdale, Arizone, Bosworth said about the Portal: “We have a lot more that we’re going to unveil later in this fall, new form factors that we’re going to be shipping.”
Facebook Portal is an Alexa-enabled smart display that was first launched in November 2018. At the moment it is available in two models: Portal with a 10-inch display and Portal+ with a 15.6 inch display.
Facebook explained that a “whole new generation of hardware is coming out” and that it wants to make sure that human connection remains at the core of what we, humans, actually do use technology for.
Even if Bosworth declined to offer any details or pricing on the new hardware, rumor has it that Facebook could introduce a new camera that fits atop a TV and uses the screen for video calling and interaction.
Of course, since F8, we also know Facebook is keen to add more built-in apps to Portal, starting with WhatsApp.