Facebook continues to expand its hardware aspirations. Consistent with a report by the knowledge the corporate is actively performing on a smartwatch offering the standard array of fitness messaging and notification features. This shouldn’t be too surprising considering Facebook tried to shop for Fitbit before Google snatched it up.
According to the report it is predicted to launch by next year with a second version to launch as soon as 2023. The primary version will run an open source version of Android. Which seems to suggest it’s not running the normal Google-centric Wear OS but rather some quite fork. The report also notes the social network is concurrently performing on its own hardware OS. So it’s possible that’s what the device might find yourself running within the second iteration.
The tracker will apparently emphasize health and fitness features. And it’s expected to be ready to hook up with services and harware from fitness companies Peleton is mentioned as a possible option.
This being Facebook the device is predicted to return with a spread of social features including allowing people to trace workouts with friends or chat with trainers also as some quite quick messaging capability.
The report also suggests future versions of the watch are going to be ready to control Facebook’s planned augmented reality glasses. Which aren’t expected to launch until 2023. The social network bought CTRL-labs in 2019 a corporation that built an armband that interpret your brain signals for controlling devices. Facebook apparently hopes to include that technology into a future smartwatch for controlling its AR headset.
Although there’s no price estimate yet Facebook apparently plans to sell the watch near the value to supply it because it has for the Oculus Quest. I might expect it to be in line with other high-end trackers and smartwatches. The Fitbit Sense as an example costs $280 while the Apple Watch Series 6 starts at $400.
As usual with these leaks and rumors don’t get your hopes up an excessive amount of (assuming you’re among the people hoping for a Facebook smartwatch). The knowledge notes the watch could still be pushed back or scrapped altogether.