Facebook smartwatch could feature removable cameras and heart rate monitor
Facebook’s alleged smartwatch, which is part of a plan to bypass Apple’s App Store and Google Play, could feature a heart rate monitor and a pair of removable cameras.
Rumors that Facebook was developing an Apple Watch competitor first surfaced in 2021. A new report from The edge Wednesday suggests that the Facebook Watch could feature detached 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 primarily used for video calls, while a second one could feature 1080p resolution and would be primarily used to capture video footage when detached from the smartwatch.
Sources close to the development of the watch said the goal was to encourage people to use the Facebook watch in a manner similar to smartphones. The device would run a customized version of Android and offer LTE connectivity. Facebook also uses companies to create accessories for the watch.
Later iterations of the watch could also be used as the primary input device for a pair of Facebook-branded augmented reality glasses.
Facebook is reportedly considering pricing the device at around $ 400 and is aiming for a 2022 release date. It could be available in white, black, and gold. Nothing on the device has been finalized – the smartwatch has yet to be given a name or entered mass production.
While Facebook expects sales in the “low six figures,” the smartwatch is part of a larger plan to create consumer devices that allow the company to bypass the Apple App Store and Google play.
Apple, in particular, has taken many steps to cut the flow of data from Apple devices to data collectors like Facebook. The social media company, for example, claimed that Apple’s recent application tracking transparency feature could cut ad revenue by up to 60%.
Facebook has seen a fair amount of data scandals and controversies over how it handles user information, which could prove to be a hindrance in convincing consumers to buy a Facebook smartwatch.
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