Facebook is developing a smart watch that will focus on messaging and health features, according to a new report from The information. Carriers will be able to send messages with Facebook services like Messenger and WhatsApp, and it will work with a mobile connection without a tethered smartphone.
Health features such as options for tracking workouts with friends or communicating with trainers will be included, and the watch will be able to connect to services provided by health and fitness companies such as Peloton. Facebook’s upcoming watch is said to run a version of Google’s Android software.
Facebook plans to sell the smartwatch close to the cost of production, which it also does with the Oculus headset. There is no word on what prices will be, but competing products range in price from $ 150 to $ 400 +.
It is unlikely that a smart watch will work well with those who have concerns about Facebook’s data collection. Amazon recently released a “Halo” training band that has been ridiculed for its invasiveness. Facebook is already making some consumer hardware products, including the aforementioned Oculus and Portal camera and tablets.
A smartwatch on Facebook must compete with the Apple Watch, which is one of the best-selling laptops on the market. This morning alone, a report suggested that more than 100 million people globally own an Apple Watch. Facebook is also working on its own Ray-Ban-branded smart glasses that will compete with rumored products coming from Apple in the coming years.
Facebook aims to start selling its smartwatch next year, with a second generation planned as soon as 2023. The information says that the development is “far behind”, but there is always a chance that the product can be scrapped.