Facebook’s rumored Android smartwatch might be even more ambitious than first thought. The sources say the Facebook watch would include two detachable cameras — to share photos and videos on the social network, of course.
The custom Android wristwear will center on a camera hub with one front sensor for video calling and a 1080p, autofocus-capable second camera that could capture photos and video when detached. Facebook wants people to use the watch the way they might use a smartphone today, according to the insiders. Third parties would build accessories to attach the camera hub to items like backpacks.
You may not need to pair the device with any phone. Facebook is said to be partnering with major US carriers to both offer LTE data and sell the watch in stores. There would also be a fitness angle, complete with a heart rate monitor.
You might have to be patient. The Facebook watch wouldn’t be released until summer 2022, and the $400 target price could change. Future versions could control the company’s planned augmented reality glasses, the sources said.