Did you just get a Portal? Here's how to make your first call and some tips to make things easier. I have to say, it is pretty darn cool. The camera follows you as you walk around, and the sound quality is actually decent.
What's the difference between a Portal, Portal Mini, Portal Plus and Portal TV?
If a Portal doesn't ring after an attempted call, you may be on a version Messenger that is incompatible with Portal. Your Messenger app should automatically update to the compatible version within 30 to 60 minutes of your attempted call. Portal TV allows you to make video calls through your TV screen. The other Portals come with screens of different sizes and can be placed anywhere in your home. With Portal, you can make and receive calls to and from your Facebook friends, Messenger connections and WhatsApp contacts.
- Facebook's video calling device explored
These are essentially video-calling devices that use Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp to call or message friends, family and colleagues. Facebook Portal is a video communication device from Facebook. These are devices that are styled to look like digital photo frames and to sit nicely in your home as a beautiful and intelligent display until the time comes to place or receive a call. The focus of these devices is very much on video calling and "putting people at the centre". Facebook hopes the Portal range of smart displays will help connect more people in your life more easily. They each have different designs aesthetics, but they're both focused on video chatting and meant to make it feel like you're in the same room with the person on the other end of the call. As we mentioned, calls can also be placed via Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp, so end-to-end encryption is an option. This tech enables the cameras to recognise people and then follow them around the room and automatically pan and zoom while also minimising background noise and enhancing the voice of whoever is calling. With a wide-angle lens built-in, this also means that the Portal devices can pick-up multiple people in the room and track them as they move about.
On Portal you can call the Facebook friends, Messenger connections and WhatsApp contacts of any accounts linked to your Portal. While Portal is only sold in select countries, you can use your Portal to call friends located in any country where the Messenger app or WhatsApp are supported. Currently, Portal calls can only be received from other Portal devices, from WhatsApp on mobile devices, from the Messenger app on mobile devices or tablets, from messenger.