Facebook might have received a mixed response as far as hardware devices are concerned, but that isn’t stopping the company from launching its first smartwatch as early as next summer. As per a report in The Verge, the tech giant’s upcoming wearable will feature two cameras – one in the front and one at the back.
The smartwatch will be detachable and can be fitted across multiple other products to capture and record photos and videos.
The primary function of the front camera would be video calling. The rear camera can be used as an action camera (depends on the build) to record videos in 1080p. The rear camera will also have an auto-focus feature. Users might be given an option to share the content directly from the watch to other Facebook services like Instagram and WhatsApp.
The watch is expected to be launched in three colour variants initially – white, black and gold.
The device could be priced at around $400 (approximately Rs 29,000).
Facebook also seems to be in talks with top wireless carriers to support LTE connectivity in the watch that would allow the watch to function independently.
The company is said to be developing next generations of the watch that can be paired to the AR glasses being currently developed by the company.
The new wearable pits Facebook directly against Apple which has been dominating the smartwatch category for quite some time now. As per reports, Apple Watch had a 51 per cent global share in the smartwatch category in 2020. As per Counterpoint Research, Apple sold 34 million watches last year.
The two tech giants have been involved in a feud after Apple’s new privacy updates essentially allow users to deny permission to Facebook from collecting their data.
The move chokes Facebook’s major revenue source of harvesting user data for tailoring ads.
While the watch still seems to be under development, there are chances that it could be scrapped. But given how the company has invested over a billion dollars and also has hundreds of people working on it, that decision seems unlikely.
So, will this new hardware be well received like the Oculus VR headsets or will it tank like the smartphone made in collaboration with HTC, only time will tell. Also, the biggest question that needs to be asked is, would users want to buy a smartwatch (read tracking device) from a company that has such a dodgy user privacy track record?