It has been recently revealed that Facebook’s first-ever smartwatch will allegedly have two cameras. The two cameras can be detached from the wrist for taking pictures and videos that can be shared across Facebook’s suite of apps, including Instagram.
Facebook has yet to make an official announcement; however, anonymous sources are claiming that the social media giant will venture into the hardware world with a smartwatch, which will be launched next summer.
As per media sources, the camera on the front of the watch display will be solely for video calling, while a 1080p, auto-focus camera on the back can be used for capturing footage from the stainless steel frame.
Facebook is also working with companies to create accessories for attaching the camera hub to various things like backpacks etc.
Apart from the two cameras, Facebook’s smartwatch will also feature a heart rate monitor and Long-Term Connectivity. The smartwatch would not need to be paired with phones, hence reducing Facebook’s reliance on Apple’s iPhones, as the two tech giants are at odds with each other.
There are many speculations regarding the pricing of the smartwatch, but reports are hinting that it will be around $400.
— Business Standard (@bsindia) June 10, 2021
Social media reaction
In the past, Facebook has received a lot of criticism for violating the privacy of its users and has been a part of many data scandals. US regulators have also fined Facebook a whopping $5 billion to settle privacy concerns.
Facebook itself once announced that it had agreed to pay $550 million to settle an Illinois lawsuit over its use of photos for its facial recognition technology.
Due to such recurring incidents, people are against Facebook’s smartwatch. Users on Twitter have voiced their disapproval of the two-camera feature, and are considering it as another attempt by Facebook to breach user’s privacy.
Smartwatch from Facebook, who would not love to give even more data to Facebook so they can sell it off? https://t.co/Rf0OhLaJum
— Andre (@poorpixel) June 10, 2021
You would have to be a stone cold psycho to buy a Facebook smartwatch. Like something deeply wrong with you https://t.co/JRto3Eaw7c
— james hennessy (@jrhennessy) June 9, 2021
One user has also stated that the smartwatch will not be a successful venture by Facebook. The social media giant previously launched a phone in 2013 with HTC which failed to gain mass traction.
Feeling like this will fail https://t.co/xZkdaxjse2
— Mark Evans (@Etrain) June 10, 2021