The chat devices fits snugly into Facebook’s focus towards private messaging by encryption of conversations on more of its messaging services.
In the autumn of 2019, Facebook Inc plans to release new versions of its Portal video chatting devices, said Andrew Bosworth, Facebook’s vice president of AR/VR, in an interview at the Code Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.
“We have a lot more that we’re going to unveil later in this fall, new form factors that we’re going to be shipping,” said Bosworth.
Bosworth did not say how many had been sold since the Portal’s launch in late 2018 in the United States; he also did not elaborate on the new features of the new devices.
2018’s launch came amid increasing privacy concerns over Facebook’s content and content moderation practices that have led many companies abandoning its services which has lowered its profit margins.
Significantly, the release of the new video chat devices fits snugly into Facebook’s focus towards private messaging by encryption of conversations on more of its messaging services.
Facebook is one of the biggest global players in private messaging with its WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram, each used by more than 1 billion people.
In March 2019, Facebook’s chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg stated, within a few years, direct messaging would dwarf discussion on the traditional, open platform of Facebook’s news feed, where public posts can go viral across the world.
Bosworth clarified, the new devices will not have the ability to record but only to make and receive calls.
“There was a lot of conversation around us launching Portal. But it’s about what Facebook is at its core. It’s entirely about private conversation,” said Bosworth.