Wednesday, June 9th 2021, The edge confirmed the circulating rumor: Facebook works fine on a smartwatch. The latter, which should initially run on Android, would be equipped with two cameras and many functions for activity tracking. It is expected in the summer of 2022 and is slated to sell for around $ 400.
The Facebook Watch would have a detachable camera
Facebook, in turn, is in the process of developing a networked watch. The latter would have a special feature: two cameras. The first, up front, would allow video calling on the group’s platforms like Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp. The second would be on the back of the watch and would be removable. Thanks to this mechanism, high quality photos and videos can be taken at any time. They could thus be shared on Facebook, but also Instagram.
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For the Mark Zuckerberg company, the goal of this networked watch is to make photos easier and faster where it still takes too long to take out the smartphone to capture an exact moment. The goal is that this detachable camera can be used on a wide variety of media, much like a GoPro.
In addition to the cameras, the Facebook Watch should be equipped with fitness sensors and a heart monitor. However, dealing with health data is a sensitive and recurring topic, and Facebook is not known for protecting the privacy of its users. She will hardly be able to forget the Cambridge Analytica scandal which seriously damaged her reputation on the matter. On the other hand, the company recently unveiled its plan to launch augmented reality glasses accompanied by a bracelet to manipulate an interface. It will be many years before such a product hits the market, but Facebook has demonstrated its ambition to bring connected objects to market.
Like its competitors Apple and Google, Facebook is trying to find a place in the “smartwatch” market that could replace the smartphone in a few years. Despite everything, Mark Zuckerberg’s company does not want to immediately compete with Tim Cook with their 34 million Apple Watches sold per year. Instead, she plans to do so with the second and third generation of her watches, which she is allegedly already working on.