Top technology brands have been battling for the most leverage in the home space. And, now, a new brand is entering the picture. Facebook just launched a home communication device, an innovation to the strictly online company to this point, and an attempt to get a foothold outside of what is becoming a very slippery, insecure slope in the social network space.
Facebook Inc. is launching a pair of video-chat devices that will give it a deeper connection to what users do in their homes, even as the social-media company faces intense scrutiny of its privacy practices from U.S. and European regulators.
The devices, the $199 Portal and the $349 Portal+ with a larger, adjustable touch screen, allow customers to make video calls to their connections on Facebook or its chat app, Messenger.