Facebook’s Portal is getting WhatsApp support and launching internationally

Facebook announced today at its annual F8 developer conference that its Video call Portal and Portal Plus devices will soon be available in Canada and Europe, starting this fall. The device will also support WhatsApp calls, and all calls will have end-to-end encryption.

The $ 199 Portal and the $ 349 Plus Portal Plus were launched last year at a time when consumer confidence in Facebook was declining after a chain of privacy. scandals, and the product had to be delayed for several months in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data breach. Despite this, Facebook shared on stage today that the sales of the Portal have exceeded expectations, and it is notable that the company is expanding the distribution of the product.

Among other features announced today are Superframes, which allow you to display photos of your Facebook and Instagram feed. The feature is now available, and users can add photos of their camera rolls through Portal's new mobile application this summer. You can also transmit through Facebook Live on the Portal later this year.

Facebook confirmed earlier this month that it is working on an AI voice assistant for the Portal, in order to better compete against products like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. The Portal already has some rudimentary voice functions, but you'll get more visual functions and Alexa skills as informative flash sessions later this year.

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