Portal From Facebook Now Supports Group Video Calls via Messenger Rooms

The device’s Facebook Live app lets users stream to pages, groups

Facebook detailed some new features for its Portal From Facebook video-calling devices, highlighted by the addition of group video calls via Messenger Rooms.

Up to 50 people can participate in Messenger Rooms group video calls, and Facebook accounts are not a requirement.

Portal Spaces gives users dynamic backdrops that change over time, which can be used as backgrounds for video calls. The social network said in a Newsroom post, “Travel inside a private jet as clouds pass the windows, kick back in a field of flowers that turns luminescent depending on the time of day or hang out on a tropical island as birds fly by.” Users can also opt to blur their actual backgrounds.

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The Facebook Live application for Portal already enabled people to broadcast to their personal profiles, and they can now do so to pages and groups, as well.

Portal From Facebook

Portal owners can now share photos from their phones via the Portal mobile app while on Messenger From Facebook calls.

New augmented reality effects were added to Portal, including AR virtual cards, which enable users to send immersive cards to mark special occasions.

Two new stories are coming to Portal’s Story Time later this month: The Okay Book by Todd Parr and How to Eat Pizza by Jon Burgerman. More titles will be added this summer.

Finally, in the coming weeks, new functionality will be added to Hey Portal voice commands, including commands in British English and the ability to start WhatsApp calls.