Facebook is working on its first smartwatch, which might be released next summer, according to the report by The Verge. The Facebook smartwatch is going to compete with the Apple smartwatch. According to the reports, the smartwatch will feature two different cameras. The smartwatch camera will be detachable and can be used to take photos and videos to share across Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp. However, no official announcements have been made by the company yet.
The camera at the front will be accessible for video calls and photos, while the other detachable camera will be capable of recording video at 1080p resolution. The company also intends to collaborate with other companies to develop accessories that might be used with the camera hub. The detachable camera concept appears to be intriguing; let’s see how Facebook implements it.
To get over Apple and Google’s control over Facebook users on mobile devices, Facebook wants people to use the watch in the same way they use smartphones.
The Facebook smartwatch will be based on Google’s updated Wear operating system. The watch will also include a heart rate monitor as well as an LTE connection. Reports suggest that it will be available in white, black, and gold colour variants. Rumours also claim that watch won’t need to be paired with a phone to work, as the company is collaborating with the country’s leading wireless carriers to provide LTE connection in the watch.
Other Hardware Products from Facebook
So far, Facebook hasn’t had much luck in the hardware department. Currently, the only major hardware product by Facebook is Portal, a video-calling device with a voice assistant and Oculus VR headsets. The products are currently only available in the US. The company also launched an HTC smartphone back in 2013, which was a total flop.
Facebook Smartwatch Launch and Price
The watch will be launched in the summer of 2022. The price will be around $400, according to the report. However, Facebook may drop the watch entirely because it hasn’t gone into mass production.