Facebook is working on its own smartwatch, social media giant exec confirms

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Facebook is working on its own dual-camera smartwatch as it takes on Apple, social media giant’s exec confirms

  • Facebook is working on a smartwatch, a top company confirms
  • Andrew Bosworth, VP of AR and VR, warned it might not actually be released
  • Bosworth’s comments were in response to a report from The Verge, which said the company will release a watch next year to take on Apple.
  • The watch would have two cameras and one can be detached to take photos and videos
  • The price has not yet been determined, but the first version could sell for around $400

Facebook has confirmed it’s working on a smartwatch, though a top executive warned the idea might not actually lead to a product.

Andrew Bosworth, Facebook’s vice president of augmented reality and virtual reality, tweeted that the company is indeed exploring a “wrist-based form factor” to match the company’s AR glasses.

“We’ve said we want AR glasses to be really useful — we’re investing across the board in technologies that make that interaction feel more natural and intuitive,” Bosworth wrote in a tweet. “This includes research like EMG, haptics, adaptive interfaces that could come together in a wrist-based form factor.

“We’ll share more when we’re ready. And as with our glasses work, we will be consulting outside experts to help us get them right,” he added.

Facebook has confirmed it's working on a smartwatch, though a top executive warned the idea might not actually lead to a product

Facebook has confirmed it’s working on a smartwatch, though a top executive warned the idea might not actually lead to a product

Andrew Bosworth, Facebook's vice president of augmented reality and virtual reality, tweeted that the company is indeed exploring a

Andrew Bosworth, Facebook’s vice president of augmented reality and virtual reality, tweeted that the company is indeed exploring a “wrist-based form factor” to match the company’s AR glasses.

Bosworth's tweets were in response to a report from The Verge that said the company is working on its smartwatch and would launch this next summer to take on Apple and the Apple Watch.

Bosworth’s tweets were in response to a report from The Verge that said the company is working on its smartwatch and would launch this next summer to take on Apple and the Apple Watch.

The smartwatch would have two cameras that can be detached to take photos and videos, similar to a GoPro

The smartwatch would have two cameras that can be detached to take photos and videos, similar to a GoPro

Bosworth’s tweets were in response to a report by The edge that said the company is working on its smartwatch and would launch this next summer to take on Apple and the Apple Watch.

The smartwatch would have two cameras that can be disconnected to take photos and videos, similar to a GoPro.

Facebook is also working with third-party accessory makers for its upcoming watch, The Verge added, citing two people familiar with the project.

The front camera would be for video calling while the back camera would be for taking pictures and videos.

A Facebook spokesperson told DailyMail.com that the company had nothing to add other than Bosworth’s tweets.

The watch will reportedly integrate with Facebook’s apps, especially Instagram, to share the multimedia across the social network.

It may also support LTE connectivity and may come in a variety of colors including white, black and gold.

Pricing for the smartwatch hasn’t been set yet, but the first version of the watch could retail for around $400, The Verge added.

Later versions could work in conjunction with the company’s aforementioned augmented reality glasses.

The report adds that the watch is part of CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s idea to create more consumer devices in an effort to circumvent Apple and Google, which operate the dominant mobile operating systems iOS and Android.

Earlier this week, Zuckerberg told content creators wouldn’t see a drop in revenue from their work until at least 2023, with Apple being specifically mentioned by name.

Apple has generally dominated the smartwatch industry, according to Counterpoint Research.

As of the first quarter of 2021, Apple accounted for 33 percent of the market. The next largest manufacturers were Samsung and Huawei, each with 8 percent respectively.

In February, DailyMail.com reported that the Zuckerberg-led company was working on a smartwatch.

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