Laboratory Building 8, working with Facebook, promised to present the Portal device, its first development, in the spring at the F8 conference. Information about Portal was tried to be kept secret, but the Cheddar website,
Unlike the latter, the gadget will not only be able to turn on the radio, search for cool music or talk about the weather. Through integration with the social networking site Facebook, developers will significantly expand its functionality.
Especially for the "column" developed its own version of Android, the device can perceive voice commands, and to display information it will be equipped with a large display. A wide-angle camera will allow users to associate with their Facebook accounts and will be involved in face recognition. In addition, the developers have already concluded a number of contracts with Sony and Universal Music, they say that on the approach of Spotify and Netflix – apparently, the display will be used not only for video chats and animated weather forecasts.
According to information received by Cheddar from the same sources, the price of the device fluctuates around 499 dollars. Nevertheless, official information, price and features will not be disclosed until May 2018.
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