Facebook says Portal device not for snooping

Facebook announced its Portal video chat devices back in October. Portal and Portal+ are the two models that it launched in October. They’re basically smart displays that have additional features to enhance the video calling experience. They’re priced at $199 and $349, respectively. The Portal and Portal+ feature a 10 inch 1280×800 and 15 inch 1920×1080 display respectively. Facebook has previously said that both devices will make video calls feel less like a virtual call and “more like you’re actually in the same room.”Users can video call anyone with a Portal or any of their friends on Facebook or Messenger. The Portal’s wide angle-camera can identify the user’s body and track them as they move around the room. It can also detect multiple people in the room and use the wide-angle to fit all of them into the frame. If there’s only one person on the call then it will zoom in so that their face is the center of attention. This leaves the user free to

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