Portal FAQ

Portal and Portal+ are a family of home video communications devices that make it easier to connect with loved ones and share the little everyday moments that relationships are built on. Immersive AR and shared content experiences that take advantage of the unique features of Portal, like a large HD screen, Smart Camera, and Smart Sound will help consumers deepen connections with their friends and loved ones. These could be experiences like listening to music together, cooking your favorite recipe, playing an AR-enhanced board game, or catching up on the daily news.

Content experiences are an important part of Portal so launch partners worked directly with the product development team to ensure a number of key experiences were available for consumers at launch. We look forward to developing tools to support all types of creators, technical and non-technical, who are interested in developing a content experience for Portal. Sign up here to join our developer community to get updates on Portal.

We are developing tools to support all types of creators, technical and non-technical, who are interested in developing a content experience for Portal. The best way to stay up to date on content experiences for Portal is to sign up here to join our developer community.

Portal content experiences can support a range of connections, including Portal to Portal, Portal to Messenger, and Messenger to Portal. We are developing tools and guidance around the best types of content experiences for each type of connection available with Portal.

Portal has Amazon Alexa built in, so if you have a published skill on Alexa, that means that users may be able access your skill via Alexa on Portal. Some features not yet supported by Amazon Voice Services (AVS) on Portal include certain third-party skills (e.g. smart home security, camera feeds), visual lists of cards with attribution (e.g. "Show me some pizza places nearby"), and Prime Video playback.

Portal is built on an open-source Android platform.

At the moment, we're working on supporting Android Tablet APKs in the future so you can bring content you've already built on Android to Portal for users to enjoy. Visit the Portal Product Page to learn more and stay up to date on the latest news by joining the Portal developer community.

Portal content experiences can support a range of connections, including Portal to Portal, Portal to Messenger, and Messenger to Portal. Facebook Watch is available on Portal, so you can watch popular content even when you are not on mobile. Select instant games are also available for asynchronous play. In-call play of instant games is coming soon. We are working to enable more of the content you've already built for other Facebook platforms to be enjoyed by Portal users.

We're working on developing guidelines and tools to support games developers who are interested in having their game come to Portal. Sign up here to join our developer community to get updates on Portal.

If you are a publisher or a content creator that is not a technical developer and would like to see your content appear in Story Time, sign up on the Portal Product Page to share your interest. We will contact you directly if there is a match.