Facebook is working on a smartwatch that could allow users to send messages through its services, including WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger, and offer health and fitness features, according to a report. It says that the smartwatch could go on sale next year, but Facebook has not shared any information on it yet. The smartwatch from Facebook will join its growing hardware ecosystem that includes virtual reality headsets, video-calling devices, and upcoming augmented reality (AR) smart glasses. Facebook had shared plans of Ray-Ban branded glasses as part of Project Aria in September last year.
According to aby The Information, is developing an Android-based smartwatch. It is, however, unclear if the smartwatch will run on Google’s . Citing people with direct knowledge of the device, the report says that the smartwatch may go on sale next year. The Facebook smartwatch (not the official name) is said to offer health and fitness features, which is not unusual for a smartwatch. But what’s interesting is that the smartwatch could allow allow users to send messages using Facebook’s services – presumably , , and . The smartwatch is also said to come with cellular connectivity. Facebook is also developing its own operating system that could power its future wearables.
The Facebook smartwatch will be part of the company’s hardware ecosystem that currently includesvirtual reality headsets and a series of video calling devices called , which includes the Portal TV, Portal, Portal +, and Portal Mini.
Facebook is also working on augmented reality glasses as part of its Project Aria. In September 2020, the companyof Ray-Ban branded eyewear that would augment real-world views with data or graphics from the Internet. The partnership will blend Facebook apps and technologies with as well as Essilor lens technology to produce smart eyewear.
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