Zoom is one of the most popular business video conference apps out there due to its reliability, solid web integration and other features. Messaging and video calling apps are a dime a dozen these days. For example, if you’re calling someone and that person doesn’t answer, you can press the “Leave a message” button and then decide whether you want to leave an audio or video message. So that then you don’t search here and there for such answers in your mind. If you’re an Android user with a fingerprint scanner, then you can use that instead. If video quality is super important to you and you’re not already using Skype, I’d say definitely give Google Duo a shot. If your friends don’t want to sign up for a new account anywhere, this is a good option – just don’t get attached, as unpopular Google products don’t tend to live for long. Originally it was listed here as a good general-purpose option due to those pluses, but reports have multiplied that the software uses poor security standards and other shady practices which the company has deliberately misrepresented.
Here are our recommendations, whether it’s for a coffee meeting, a family get-together or a late-night gaming hangout. We start by clarifying some confusion here. Let’s start with Alexa. The Portal comes with two voice assistants: Facebook’s “Hey Portal” and Amazon’s Alexa. The “Hey Portal” command can be used to start and end video calls, play music, set timers, and get the weather, but it’s not as functional, nor as accurate, as Alexa. To start a secret conversation first, you need to enable the feature, and, second, you have to start the conversation as a secret. To start a fresh one with a friend, you simply tap on the compose icon at the top of Messenger’s home screen, like so. After activating Siri the first time with a voice command or a physical button, the Siri interface stays open until you tap out of it, so you can tap on the Siri icon to initiate another Siri request. Read more: Webcams out of stock? With the exception of its “foot,” which extends about four inches out the back right corner, the Portal is only 0.8 inches thick, and measures 10.2 inches wide by 7 inches tall.
For more on everything new in iOS 14, make sure to check out our iOS 14 roundup and our other iOS 14 guides. The second-generation Facebook Portal is a much better device, letting you make video calls not just to Facebook friends but those on WhatsApp, too. Squad is focused on sharing what you’re doing on your phone while chatting – so you can Tinder together, watch videos, etc. Like Bunch, it’s still new, so you’ll have to get your friends to sign up, but it’s a nice way to share what you’re scrolling (or swiping) through. However, if you’re already on Facebook, you’ve likely already made this calculus in your head. However, you can expand YouTube videos to full screen. However, t higher tones, such as Ringo’s cymbal work, felt a little compressed. Aside from our trust issues with Facebook, the first Portal just wasn’t a very good smart display, especially compared to the Amazon Echo Show and Google’s Nest Hub. The Portal’s browser is an ok workaround – it even has an incognito mode – and something you don’t get on other smart displays, but the experience isn’t the best.