A new upgrade out for Facebook’s Portal devices this week includes some much-required functions to the devoted video chat displays. Now, both the larger Portal+ and standard, smaller Portal version will be capable of accessing the web via a custom-developed browser. That unlocks the devices to a proper edition of Facebook.com, YouTube, and any number of other entertainment & news websites. Apart from a browser, Facebook is also rolling out support on Portal for its Instant Games platform, beginning with titles such as Words with Friends and Battleship.
This upgrade must go a long way in assisting reposition Portal as not just a separate video chat machine and more in line with an appropriate Google Home Hub and Amazon Echo Show. When Portal was first launched in October, the machine did not have much of a purpose to exist apart from offering Facebook a method to brainstorm on hardware. But the number of users who apparently feel contented bringing a Facebook microphone and camera into their houses appeared slim, particularly after reviewers majorly panned it for its total lack of third-party apps and functional support.
On a related note, earlier Facebook revealed a portal dedicated to streaming commentary and video game play as it increased up its challenge to Google’s YouTube and Amazon-controlled Twitch for eSports aficionados. John Imah, the gaming creator program lead, and Nick Miller, the product manager, defined the new venue on fb.gg as a destination for gaming video that Facebook lately started testing.
“Users will be capable of discovering gaming video on our new destination on the basis of creators, groups they belong to, pages they like, games they follow,” Miller and Imah claimed to the media in a blog post. “Most of the people already seeing gaming videos in Groups, News Feed, and Pages, and we wish to do additional to assist creators reach new fans and get discovered,” Miller and Imah claimed.
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