Meta is unplugging its Portal video-calling smart displays and its two remaining smartwatch projects, my colleague Alex Heath can confirm, as the company cuts 11,000 jobs, many of them in technology divisions. Reuters reported earlier today that the company planned to kill off both Portal and smartwatches, citing Meta executives who spoke at a town hall meeting; we heard the same from other sources, so we can independently corroborate the news.
But now Meta is also killing its plan to sell Portal video calling hardware to businesses, and the other two smartwatches that were in early and mid-development stages are also shelved, our sources say.
Meta did not respond to a request for comment.
Nearly half (46%) of Meta’s 11,000 layoffs were in technology, according to Reuters, quoting the leaders who spoke at the public meeting. It is unclear how many of them belonged specifically to the hardware divisions. Meta isn’t done making hardware, but most of its other hardware projects serve its AR and VR ambitions, including headsets like the Meta Quest Pro we just reviewed today.