Facebook’s rumored smartwatch, part of a plan to bypass Apple’s App Store and Google Play, may include a heart rate monitor and a pair of removable cameras.
Rumors that Facebook was developing an Apple Watch competitor first surfaced in early 2021. A. new report from The edge Wednesday suggests that Facebook’s watch could include standalone cameras that could be used to take and share images directly to the company’s suite of apps.
According to The edge, one of the cameras will be used primarily for video calls, while a second could be 1080p resolution and would be used primarily for capturing video footage when detached from the smartwatch.
Sources familiar with the development of the watch said the goal is to encourage people to use the Facebook watch in a similar way to smartphones. The device would run a custom version of Android and feature LTE connectivity. Facebook is also turning to companies to create accessories for the watch.
Later iterations of the watch could also be used as a primary input device for a pair of Facebook-branded augmented reality glasses.
Facebook is reportedly considering pricing the device at around $ 400 and is targeting a 2022 launch date. It could be available in white, black, and gold. Nothing about the device has been finalized – the smartwatch has yet to be named or entered the mass production phase.
While Facebook expects “low six-figure” sales, the smartwatch is part of a larger plan to build consumer devices that allow the company to bypass Apple’s App Store and Google Play.
Apple, in particular, has taken numerous steps to cut off the flow of data from Apple devices to data collectors like Facebook. The social media company, for example, has claimed that Apple’s recent App Tracking Transparency feature could cut ad revenue by as much as 60%.
Facebook has seen its fair share of data scandals and controversies over how it handles user information, which could prove a stumbling block in convincing consumers to buy a Facebook smartwatch.
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