META is reportedly having to kill another device as it continues to make big investments in the Metaverse.
Mark Zuckerberg’s meta, formerly Facebook, has also reportedly stopped work on a smartwatch that’s rumored to be the next big Apple Watch rival.
According to The Information, Zuckerberg’s Portal video calling device is the next gadget to consider.
The portal was launched about four years ago but has faced some issues despite some huge celebrity endorsements.
Stars like Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez have even appeared in Portal ads in the past.
The device looks a lot like an Amazon Echo Show smart speaker, but it never really launched in the same way.
Just like Amazon’s Alexa speakers, Portal has been surrounded by fears of spying, despite assurances that the device is secure.
According to The Information report, Meta will stop selling consumer facing portal products.
It will reportedly focus its efforts on corporate portal ventures instead.
Facebook previously described Portal as “a family of video calling devices that help you stay connected with your friends, family, and co-workers.”
Meta is set to restructure its entire AR/VR division as it has a big focus on the Metaverse.
If you are a fan of Portal, you can still buy the devices.
It’s unclear when the sale will reportedly end, but Portal+ and Portal Go can still be purchased.
We reached out to Meta for comment.
https://www.the-sun.com/tech/5533925/mark-zuckerberg-gadget-scrapped-portal/ Mark Zuckerberg ‘forced to scrap ANOTHER gadget’ as shoppers fear ‘Facebook spying’