Facebook is planning to launch a new upgraded version of its video chat device Portal later in 2019.
In an interview to Reuters, Facebook’s Andrew Bosworth said, “we have a lot more than we’re going to unveil later in this fall, new form factors that we’re going to be shipping”.
“Hardware is coming to the home, and we want to make sure that human connection, a connection between two people, is a first-party experience on that hardware,” he further added.
It is still unclear what new changes will appear in the new updated Portal. According to Techcrunch, Ripley could be the device that appeared in the Portal firmware code last year. As per leaks and rumors, Ripley would attach itself on top of user’s smart TV sets and allow them to make video calls using a much larger screen. It would also enable them to use other services like YouTube.
The original Portal launched in 2018. It was launched in two models–10-inch screen and a 15.6-inch screen. The portal comes with a camera for making video calls. You can use the Portal to call anyone on your Messenger list, even people who don’t have a Portal in their home. And it’s not just for one-on-one conversations either. You can bring up to six people into a call.