According to a new report, the first Facebook smartwatch may come with a detachable camera system next year
According to a new report, a Facebook smartwatch priced around $400 will come next year with detachable cameras for easy sharing of photos via the company’s social media platform.
The Nerdshala said it learned more plans for the Facebook smartwatch after initial rumors about the device were shared by The Information in February. Unknown company sources say that the watch will have two removable cameras, one for video chatting and the other for capturing footage in 1080p.
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Sources also said that Facebook is working with other companies to design accessories for the camera unit when it is not tied to smartwatches.
If Facebook’s smartwatch comes with the camera features mentioned in The Nerdshala’s report, it will be the first smartwatch since the Samsung Gear 2 Neo to have native means of capturing photos and videos. As far as we know, currently the only way to take photos via smartwatch is through a third-party accessory called Wristcam for Apple Watch.
With an in-house designed camera system, Facebook could offer something new to the saturated smartwatch market. It certainly looks like the company will need to introduce exclusive elements to compete with upcoming products like the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, Apple Watch 7 and even the elusive Google Pixel Watch.
Facebook is reportedly set to match these expected rivals with the option of LTE connectivity, so the smartwatch can maintain the communication capabilities without a smartphone. According to sources in The Nerdshala, Facebook is working with the country’s largest wireless carriers to provide a cellular option for its smartwatch users.
We don’t know much about what the Facebook smartwatch’s software will look like, though The Nerdshala said it will run “a custom version of Google’s Android operating system.” The report doesn’t share what health and fitness features Facebook will offer compared to the advanced capabilities of the best smartwatches right now.
We Tax Know that the smartwatch will likely integrate with Facebook hardware with the first generation models, but more likely in future versions. It can sync with Facebook’s Oculus Quest 2 VR headset, perhaps for activity tracking. It could also provide the groundwork for the rumored AR Facebook smart glasses.
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