What you need to know
- Facebook is reportedly planning its own smartwatch for 2022.
- A new report says it would be a cellular device that won't need a smartphone companion, and will run on Google's Android platform.
A new report says Facebook may be planning to release its own Apple Watch competitor as early as next year.
From The Information:
According to the report, the watch would work over a cellular connection, without the need for a companion smartphone. Facebook apparently plans to add connections to hardware like Peleton for health and fitness. The device would reportedly run on Android. This device could be released as soon as next year, with a second-generation to follow up the following year.
The report notes Facebook is 'far along' with its progress, but could still push back the release or scrap the project altogether. As expected, a big emphasis would also be placed on social integration:
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