Facebook has launched the beginning of its push into smart home software. Ignoring calls that it’s creepy, Facebook is forging onward with its Portal gadget today Facebook quietly released iOS and android Portal apps that allow owners show off photos on the screen without sharing them to the social network, and video call their home whereas they’re out.
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The app isn’t likely to move the needle for Portal whose potential users fall into 2 camps: those so afraid by Facebook’s privacy practices that they couldn’t imagine putting its camera and microphone in their home, and those ambivalent or ignorant regarding the privacy backlash who see it as an Amazon Echo with a nice screen and simple way to video call family. Critics were mostly surprised by the device’s quality however too freaked out to recommend it. Those willing to buy it have given it a 4- to 4.4-star average rating on Amazon, praising its AI camera that keeps people in frame of a video chat whereas they move though jeering some setup difficulties.