Meta has announced that it will not sell its troubled Portal video devices to consumers. Instead, it will concentrate on business customers.
An article from The Information disclosed that this device first came out in 2018 as part of an effort to expand this Facebook subsidiary’s hardware offering. It is now set to concentrate on business instances such as video conferences.
Portal was initially launched as a way to connect Facebook users from all over the world. However, it was criticized for certain privacy-related decisions that were not so great, leading to many users staying off.
The Portal to success for a business?
Five Portal models are currently available online, beginning with the smaller Portal Go, priced at $199, along with those that include the Portal Mini ($129) as well as the Original Portal ($179), Portal TV ($149) as well as Portal Plus, the highest-end model Portal Plus ($349).
The information mentions that Portal was responsible for less than one per cent of the global display and smart speaker market in 2021. the analyst firm IDC estimated that 800,000 intelligent devices were sold in the year prior.
The company also states that Meta is now looking to purge its remaining consumer Portal inventory before shifting to focus on business customers exclusively. However, existing customers can count on ongoing product support at present.
It is still to be seen how Meta is going to take to transform Portal into a device for business and whether or not it will make announcements about any new features.
There’s a chance for the current series of devices to prove a practical addition to offices and offices, including Portal and Portal Mini Portal or Portal Mini could be used as hubs for booking meetings or initiating video calls ad-hoc in a quiet area.
The webcam-like Portal TV could play a part in being played by businesses who want to improve their video chat game. Portal TV offers a cheap option to transform television and other screens into an online chat platform.