Facebook has found itself in middle of controversies over last couple of years largely due to the company’s impact in spreading false information on the platform. Additionally, the company has repeatedly gained a lot of attention over its lack of privacy. Few days earlier, a Facebook lawyer claimed that users of the social networking giant don’t expect any kind of privacy after all. Interestingly, the company has decided to go ahead with the Portal platform by revealing that a new device is coming to consumers later this year.
This latest news comes as the company is facing several privacy concerns over how it handles user data. With the latest announcement, the biggest question would be how comfortable users would be to install a camera to give the social network access to their homes. Despite that, Andrew Bosworth, Facebook’s VP for AR and VR has claimed that sales of previous Portals devices were satisfying. As a result, the company is announcing new devices which are coming later this year.
The latest news comes according to a report from TechCrunch which claimed that the upcoming device will be called “Ripley”. According to Facebook, users will connect the device to a television to turn it into a video chat device. Interestingly, Bosworth seemingly confirmed that Portal will come in different form factors later this year but will continue to serve its previous functions.
While we will have to wait to find out more, the company might be bringing a more portable device in the fall. However, the biggest question related to the Portal would be the sales figures of the devices. Given recent privacy concerns over the social networking giant’s practices, it’ll be interesting to see if the upcoming additions to Portals become successful after all.