Facebook thinks it’s a good idea to monitor you permanently from your wrist, so Facebook will launch its first smartwatch next summer.
Facebook seems oblivious to all the noise around it, and not content with tracking you from a mobile app, it could now do it 24 hours a day from your wrist.
It will not be a conventional smartwatch. It will carry two cameras and the dial will be removable to take photos and record videos with it, without the need to use a smartphone.
One camera would be on the front screen, to be used as a selfie camera, and another on the back to take photos and record video at 1080p, which would be sent directly to the company’s apps, such as WhatsApp, Facebook, or Instagram, without going through the cell phone.
According to sources close to Facebook, the company is negotiating with several accessory companies to be able to attach the sphere not only to the wrist, but to key chains, backpacks, and other wearables.
The only sensor they have confirmed is a heart rate sensor, but considering that the estimated price is around $400, it is assumed that it will include a few more. It is focused on competing with arch-rival Apple, and its Apple Watch.
Facebook would be negotiating with major U.S. carriers to include a 4G LTE connection, thus avoiding the use of mobile. It would use a customized version of Android.
According to the same source, its strategy in the coming years will be to launch several mobile devices that allow Facebook to reach users without using Google or Apple hardware, which limits its ambitions.
In addition to this first Facebook smartwatch that it would launch next summer, it would already be developing two other versions for the following seasons, intending to use the watch as an input device for its future augmented reality glasses.
So far, Mark Zuckerberg’s company’s career in the world of hardware has not been very fortunate. Its first cell phone with HTC was a flop, and no updates have been announced for its Portal smart speaker, even though it was launched two years ago. Its most successful product is the Oculus Quest 2 virtual reality glasses, which it claims to have broken sales records, although it has not offered actual figures.