By                                João Carrasqueira                                   Neowin                  @indospot

Facebook brings Messenger Rooms and other features to its Portal devices

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2020-06-16 15:46:58

By João Carrasqueira Neowin @indospot · Jun 16, 2020 11:34 EDT with 1 comment

Facebook is rolling out a handful of new capabilities for its Portal family of devices, the company announced today. First off, as the company had already promised, it's now possible to use Messenger Rooms on Portal devices, enabling calls with up to 50 people at once. AR effects and the Story Time feature also work with Messenger Rooms, and there are new AR effects for calls as well as new Story Time stories available.

Calls, including group calls in Rooms, are getting another new feature in the form of replaceable backgrounds. This sort of feature has become increasingly prominent in video communication tools such as Microsoft Teams, and on Portal, it's possible to either blur out your background or replace it with something different altogether. Some of the offered backgrounds can even be dynamic, changing as time passes. Facebook has also added the ability to share photos from your smartphone during a Messenger call using the Portal app.

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