Meta is moving away from its goal to establish its Portal smart display as a consumer product, Protocol has been able to confirm. The company will not make any future versions of Portal geared toward consumers, and will instead focus on selling Portal to businesses.
The shift was first reported by The Information Thursday, which also said that the company was switching up its road map for AR glasses and postponing the launch of a consumer-ready AR product by a few years. All of this is part of efforts to control costs of Reality Labs, Meta’s unit focused on metaverse software and hardware.
Meta first introduced Portal as a video calling-centric smart display in 2018, and has since released a number of iterations of the hardware, including a version that uses TVs as displays and a portable Portal Go. Portal sales went up during the pandemic, but the company hasn’t been able to compete with similar products from Google and Amazon.
As a result, Meta is now looking to more specifically target businesses that are looking for ways to keep their hybrid workforce connected. Meta is expected to continue to sell its existing devices to consumers, and provide buyers with support for some time to come.