Facebook announces portable Portal Go, Portal for Business

Facebook on Tuesday announced the $199 Portal Go, a portable version of its video-calling device.

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Facebook unveiled Tuesday the third generation of its Portal video-calling devices and a new service that will allow businesses to deploy fleets of the devices to their employees.

It shows Facebook is still bullish on video calling screens, and that it expects people will want to continue video chatting. The company first unveiled its Portal devices in 2018 and hasn’t revealed any sales numbers. But as companies continue to delay a return to the office, Facebook is capitalizing on a need to connect to colleagues and loved ones over video calls. It competes against Amazon’s Echo Show and Google’s Nest Hub products in the home.

Highlighting the new models is the Portal Go, a $199 device with a 10-inch screen that can be lifted off of its charging block for use around the home. The Portal Go features a carrying handle and enough battery to…

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