Meta is taking advantage of the growing work-from-home culture to deliver two new capabilities that turn its Portal smart displays into second screens for PCs and improve Mac video-calling.
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Portal+ and Go Duet Display
Most video-conferencing gadgets are only used for weekly family or team meetings. The Portal+ and Portal Go can now serve as second screens while not in use.
Duet Display turns Android and Apple phones and tablets (and now Portals) into a second screen for a Mac or PC. Portal app store and duetdisplay.com have it. (New tab) Portal+ (Gen 2) is free in Australia, Canada, France, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, the UK, and the US. Portal Go is free in Canada, France, Italy, the UK, and the US.
“You can work on multiple apps, juggle complex tasks, and get things done faster—so you don’t need to take up desk space with a separate monitor,” says Meta, assuming your WFH setup includes a Portal device.
Meta Portal Mac Companion
Mac users with a touch-based Portal (Go, Plus, 10-inch, or the now-defunct Mini) can use the Companion software to share their screen during a call. Free in the UK and US, the function enables rapid access to hand-raising, muting, and volume controls. It lets people submit meeting, video, or website connections to a Portal.
Meta argues a comfortable and convenient workspace is more vital than ever in today’s hybrid workplace. Therefore, Meta Portal is a better home office productivity tool.
Meta (previously Facebook) was selling virtual displays before the pandemic. First Portals shipped late 2018, with more PC and TV-friendly devices coming in 2021.
This summer, Meta will reportedly stop selling the Portal to consumers and instead pitch it as an enterprise device. Existing models include 10-inch Portal ($49), 14-inch Portal+ ($299), HDTV-compatible Portal TV ($49), and battery-powered Portal Go ($149).