Facebook prepares its own smartwatch, according to The Information: integrated into its ecosystem and with fitness functions
Facebook is, broadly speaking, a software services company. The social network itself, Instagram or WhatsApp are part of what define you. However this does not mean that it cannot have hardware integrations. We have for example all the Oculus subdivision, the Portal device or the supposed smart watch they are preparing.
According indicate from The Information, Facebook prepares a smart watch that will hit the market next year. It is smartwatch It is designed to measure physical activity and health data like any other smartwatch. However, there is more, in some way or another it will be integrated with Facebook services to quickly access them and their main functions.
What it means to be integrated with Facebook services is still unclear. It could, for example, be used to make payments by NFC with Facebook’s own payment method. It could also be used to quickly interact with Facebook account contacts, for example to share fitness data.
According to the report, the smart watch will have an LTE connection to not depend on the phone. It will also have message sending and receiving capabilities and will be based on an unspecified version of Android. Now it remains to be seen what real utility this has when we always have the phone at hand and it is more comfortable to interact with others from a screen larger than that of a clock.
If all goes as estimated, we could see this new watch in 2022 with an updated version for 2023. The watch does not have a specific departure date nor an approximate price.
History on privacy issues
An important factor that will have an impact on the popularity and sale of this alleged smart watch. In recent years, with privacy scandals like Cambridge Analytica, security breaches The the recent controversy of WhatsApp trust on the part of users has declined. That a device on the wrist shares user data with Facebook 24 hours a day is not the most encouraging.
Everything However, it will depend on how Facebook decides to approach the product. With the launch of Portal, for example, they strongly emphasized that it is secure and private. In addition, contrary to what it might seem, it was especially popular, although it also helped the global lockdowns of recent years.
Via | The Information