Facebook Unveils New Portable Portal And New Features For SMBs

Facebook is welcoming two new additions to the Portal family and launching Portal for Business with new Work Accounts.

Last week, Facebook unveiled two new Portal video-calling devices: the $199, 10-inch portable Portal Go and the $349 next-gen Portal+ with a 14-inch HD tilting display.

The new Portal Go has a 12MP Portal Smart Camera, an integrated handle, and a long-lasting battery to make portability from room to room and beyond easier. In addition, its camera has an ultrawide field of view for immersive video calls, and a portable speaker with room-filling sound.

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The new 14-inch Portal+ also features a 12MP Smart Camera with an ultrawide field of view. Its stereo speakers deliver high-fidelity sound for crystal-clear audio. Portal’s main attraction is video calling, though it is also great for listening to music on Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, among others. Portal can also be used as a digital photo frame.

Portal Go and Portal+ will become available on October 19, though it is already possible to pre-order the devices online at portal.facebook.com.

In addition to the launch of the two new Portals, Facebook is also introducing new features dedicated to helping small businesses working remotely.

Firstly, in December, Facebook will support Microsoft Teams for all Portal touch-based devices, including Portal Go and Portal+.

Secondly, Facebook is also introducing Portal for Business, currently in closed beta in the US – a new service with which SMBs can leverage Portal’s video calling and collaboration tools by quickly deploying and managing Portal devices.

Portal for Business allows SMBs to create and manage the new Facebook Work Accounts for their teams. The new account type will be available for many Facebook work products over the coming year.

Finally, Facebook is launching a new feature called Portal Device Manager, which lets companies manage devices that employees have set up with access to Portal for Business.

It allows them to quickly deploy and manage Portal devices by offering the possibility to control Work Accounts, manage device settings, see device status, and reboot or factory reset these devices — all remotely, no matter where your workforce is located.

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Facebook Unveils New Portable Portal, New Features For SMBs