And when you're not on a call, Portal's Superframe can display your favourite photos and videos and important notifications like birthday reminders, so you always feel a little more connected to your closest family and friends.
Arriving in the USA in November, Facebook Portal is a $199 (£152) 10-inch screen, with two speakers and a high-quality webcam attached, which the company hopes users will put in their living rooms and kitchens and use to launch video chats with friends and loved ones.
But the launch of a product putting a camera into people´s homes is likely to raise privacy issues for the social media giant, which has suffered several major data breaches this year involving tens of millions of user accounts.
The new video call devices are powered by AI, with Facebook's "Smart Camera" technology created to follow you as you move around the room and zoom in to the action, meaning you can continue chatting over video while doing chores, cooking in the kitchen, or looking for something in your room. With Smart Camera, the Portal can automatically pan and zoom to keep everyone in view.
Your friends don't need to own a Portal to receive your calls; as long as they have Facebook Messenger on their smartphone or tablet, you're good to go, with up to seven different people on one call.
To make a call, users will simply say "Hey Portal, call." followed by the name of the person you want to contact.
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Brigety, a former USA ambassador to the African Union and now dean of George Washington University's school of worldwide affairs. Africans have not forgotten the president's foul-mouthed and contemptuous dismissal of them earlier this year.
The Portal's video chats are encrypted and not recorded, Facebook says, so the company can't hear or see what you're talking about or who is in the room.
Facebook representatives prefer to talk about their "mission" rather than business models and profits, but wireless speakers and video calls are a growing market.
Powered by AI, Portal's Smart Camera and Smart Sound technology take all of the guesswork out of video calling, letting you enjoy a more convenient, hands-free experience.
The higher-priced Portal's screen is 15.6 inches, versus 10 inches.
Like Alexa, you can delete the Portal's voice history via the Facebook Activity Log. And best of all, there's a camera cover provided that lets you completely block out the camera of the devices with a physical cover if you still don't trust Facebook - and frankly, I wouldn't blame you.
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Its billionaire backer was detained in the Ritz Carlton roundup overseen by Prince Mohammed in 2017. "What was explained to us is this: He was killed , make your funeral preparations", Kislakci said.
Facebook is now accepting pre-orders for the new devices and will be shipping them next month.
The move also marks Facebook's first foray into the hardware space outwith Oculus - the VR headset company it snapped up in 2014.
Both speakers feature large displays and cameras to facilitate video calling and other communication functionality.
Earlier this year, Facebook had to acknowledge that as many as 87 million people may have had their data accessed by Cambridge Analytica, a data mining firm that worked for the Trump campaign and aimed to use the data to influence elections. However, a Facebook representative said Facebook won't deliver ads to the device even through Watch.
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