A social network for the wrist: Facebook is apparently supposed to work on a data clock. The details here >>
The social network Facebook is also available to touch: The US company has had hardware in its range for a long time, such as a tablet for video calls or the Rift cyber glasses. Another gadget could soon be added: Facebook is supposed to be working on a smartwatch. This is what insiders report to the online magazine Theinformation.com.
Users of Facebook's data clock should one day be able to use the device to send and receive messages directly to their contacts without a mobile phone.
In addition, the intelligent watch should also have various health and fitness functions.
In addition, the Facebook watch should be able to connect directly to fitness equipment such as the fitness bike from the manufacturer Peloton. The watch wearers should also be able to start fitness competitions with their Facebook contacts.
Since the watch has its own cellular connection, Facebook could use it to circumvent data protection measures such as Apple's tracking transparency or the tracking alternative planned by Google , writes Heise.de. The Facebook watch is said to be based on the Android operating system. However, it is unclear whether Wear OS from Google will be used. According to the report, Facebook is also working on its own operating system for devices. So it is quite possible that future versions of such wearables will run with Facebook software.
It's no secret that Facebook has been working on hardware for a long time. So far, the company's focus has been primarily on augmented and virtual reality projects. The social network employs more than 6,000 people on products from this topic, as reported by the business magazine “Bloomberg” in January 2021.
However, entering the wearables sector should not be easy for Facebook. On the one hand, the trust of many users has shrunk due to data scandals. On the other hand, Apple is the top dog with its watch. The iPhone manufacturer presented the first watch back in 2015. Over 100 million units have been sold in the last five years. One in ten iPhone owners now also has a watch .