take Facebook A new approach to his first smartwatch, which the company has not publicly confirmed but is currently planning to launch next summer, according to The Verge.
He said the device will have a screen with two cameras that can be detached from the wrist to take photos and videos that can be shared across the Facebook suite of apps including Instagram.
The camera on the front of the watch screen is primarily located for video calls, while the 1080p autofocus camera on the back can be used to take snapshots when separated from the stainless steel frame on the wrist.
And Facebook is exploiting other companies to create accessories to attach the camera hub to things like backpacks, according to two people familiar with the project, both of whom requested anonymity to speak without Facebook’s permission.
The idea is to encourage watch owners to use it in ways smartphones now use. It’s part of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s plan to build more consumer devices that circumvent Apple and Google, the two dominant mobile platform makers that largely control Facebook’s ability to access to people.
The planned device is Facebook’s first wrist-specific hardware release, opening up yet another avenue of competition with Apple at a time when the two tech giants are already at opposite ends on other fronts. Apple has positioned itself aggressively as a privacy protector by limiting the types of data it can collect Apps such as Facebook, while Facebook has been surrounded for years by scandals related to its handling of user data. This dynamic could create an uphill battle for Facebook to convince people to buy its next competitor, the Apple Watch, especially since it also plans to position the watch as a fitness device with a heart rate monitor.
Facebook is working with the largest wireless carriers in the United States to support LTE connectivity per hour, which means it won’t need to pair it with a work phone and sell it in their stores, people familiar with the matter said. Selling volume in the low six, Apple sold 34 million watches last year, according to Counterpoint Research.
In future versions of the watch, Facebook plans to serve as a primary input device for its planned augmented reality glasses, which Zuckerberg believes will one day be as ubiquitous as mobile phones. The arm is able to control the computer through wrist movements.
Facebook aims to release the first version of the watch in the summer of 2022 and is already working on the second and third generations for subsequent years. Employees recently discussed pricing the device at around $400, but the price point may change, and while it’s unlikely, Facebook could also scrap the watch entirely, as the device hasn’t yet gone into mass production or even been given an official name.
Facebook’s record on making hardware is spotty, with its 2013 phone not having hits with HTC, for example, and it has yet to reveal sales of its Oculus VR headset or the Portal video chatting device for the home. In recent interviews, executives said sales of the Oculus Quest 2 headset It has surpassed all previous Oculus headphones combined.
Facebook’s interest in building a smartwatch goes back at least a few years. It considered acquiring Fitbit in 2019 before Google bought the wearable fitness maker, since then the social network has spent nearly a billion dollars developing the first version of its watch and has hundreds of people who are working on the effort, according to a person familiar with the matter.
A Facebook spokesperson declined to comment on this story, and using a customized version of Google’s Android operating system, Facebook plans to rely on its suite of third-party apps and partnerships to create compelling watch experiences, which will include a companion app for phones, however Facebook’s wearable wrist is not at all foolproof. .