It looks like Meta Portal products will be gone for good, and that could also apply to their unreleased smartwatches.
Portal originally debuted in 2018, and since then, Meta has introduced new models, with the latest, Portal Go, arriving just last year. For the most part, the devices fail to gain traction, with the majority of complaints relating to privacy concerns. There is also stiff competition from Amazon with its Echo devices. But, apparently, after trying for five years, Meta will finally throw in the towel on its Portal project, with no immediate future plans to produce any new hardware.
News comes from Reuters via the edge, which reports that the company has completely stopped selling its Portal devices. It appears that the writing has been on the wall for some time, with very little noise around the products and their strategy to transition from consumers to business customers in the middle of last year. As things slowly return to normal, businesses are suffering left and right. Unfortunately, that means companies have had to tighten their belts, as Meta delivered a huge blow this week, announcing it would lay off 11,000 employees.
In addition to layoffs, internal reports have shown that it will also cut funding for some projects, one of which is Portal. In addition to the gate, Reuters He also shared that Meta was also halting its lead on two of its smartwatches. For the most part, these devices likely won’t be missed much, and to be honest, I totally forgot about them until this report.
If you are not familiar with Portal, the big advantage of these devices is that they allowed people to communicate using Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp. It can also act as a smart home hub with the help of Amazon Alexa. The quality of the video calls was very good, thanks to its cameras, and if you feel like the camera is a bit much, you can always cover it up using the built-in slider. While the initial reviews were good, most of them sparked concern for privacy, which in my opinion was the likely culprit that led to poor sales.
Meta hasn’t commented publicly on this yet, so for now, there may be a chance that Portal will continue to shout. But if I were you, I wouldn’t go out and buy a new one anytime soon, and instead find a more reliable smart home product during early Black Friday sales.
Across: the edge