Global social networking giant Facebook is reportedly working on a smartwatch loaded with health features that it plans to sell next year. It seems like the company now wants to foray into the smartwatch market. According to a report from The Information, Face is building an Android-based smartwatch that it wants to sell as early as next year. Currently, it’s not yet clear whether the smartwatch will use Google’s Wear OS or its own operating system.
As per the report, the Facebook smartwatch will come loaded with various health and fitness features. Though these features are common in smartwatches, the report claims that the social media giant’s smartwatch may come with a unique feature that will allow users to send messages from the watch directly. The report also reveals Facebook’s plans to start selling this smartwatch next year, ie., 2022.
Facebook Smartwatch Will Work via Cellular Network
According to the report, the first-ever smartwatch from Facebook will work via a cellular connection for allowing users to send messages through its services. The smartwatch can also connect to other services or hardware of health and fitness companies like Peloton Interactive. Facebook has already been foraying into the hardware sector in the last few years. The tech giant’s virtual reality headset Oculus and video chatting device Portal are an example.
Apart from this, the company is also reportedly working on Ray-Ban smart glasses and an AR research initiative called Project Aria. Not just the hardware, reports claim that the company is also working on developing an app like Clubhouse. As per a NYT report, Facebook has directed its product team to create an app similar to Clubhouse.
It’s a fact that the social media company takes a keen interest in its rivals. The company either acquires its competitors, like WhatsApp and Instagram or creates something bigger to overshadow its products.