Facebook may soon launch a TV streaming device under the Portal brand: Report

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Facebook is tipped to launch a TV streaming device

The device is also expected to feature a camera and far field microphones

Besides TV streaming, it will also offer video chatting and AR capabilities

It looks like we have got new information about Facebook’s plan to enter the TV streaming sphere. According to a report by Variety, the device will be a ‘Portal’ branded device and will work in a manner similar to Amazon’s Fire TV Stick, but will offer a number of extra features by way of a camera and far-field microphones.

As per the report, the device’s camera and microphones will be used for video chatting, and may even offer a form of augmented reality. The device is tipped to run Android, which is also used by Facebook’s Oculus Go and Oculus Quest devices. Further, the report notes that this will also make it easier to work with content providers who already have developed Android-based apps for Amazon and Google. 

Facebook is already tipped to be in talks with streaming services such as Disney, Hulu and Netflix to integrate their services into the new device. However, Variety’s sources note that the new TV device will have a bigger focus on content consumption as compared to existing devices. 

Facebook launched two Portal devices last year, namely the Portal and Portal+. The standard Portal packs a 10-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, while the Portal+ features a 15-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The devices also come with Amazon’s Alexa and feature a Smart Camera and Smart Sound technology. The Smart Camera is able to follow actions and is able to automatically pans and zooms into the subject. The Smart Sound tech is said to minimise background noise and enhance that of the person speaking. Both devices have not net launched in India.



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