The hardware branch of Metas Reality Labs has been working on a smartwatch for the previous two years; nevertheless, considerable information about the product entirely seeped out before it was just just canceled.
This Android-powered Meta smartwatch, which was revealed by Bloomberg today , is a rounded square with thick side rails that resemble the iPhone 12/13 and long pill-shaped and circular buttons.
A 5-megapixel front-facing camera and a 12-megapixel camera on the back are the distinguishing features. To access the cameras, you must remove the watch from the frame to which the bands are attached. With Meta’s intention to employ wearables as an input method for AR glasses, the rear-facer created certain design issues:
Users may capture images fast by removing the watch face from its strap thanks to the second camera’s clever construction. However, the person claimed that another feature for converting nerve signals from the wrist into digital commands had problems because of the camera’s existence. For Meta, mastering the technical skill called as electromyography is of utmost importance.
This frame’s style is not all that dissimilar from the Fitbit Blaze from 2016. Similar to the Apple Watch, the battery life is advertised at 18 hours and includes Wi-Fi, GPS, and cellular (eSIM) connection.
Today, we only see a single image of a watch face, while Bloomberg does mention the existence of a lock screen and notification center. Although there is no on-device store, available apps include Spotify, WhatsApp, Instagram Stories, daily activity tracking, exercises, the photo gallery, heart rate monitoring, calendar, settings, and breathing.
This watch, code-named Milan, was slated to go on sale in spring 2023 for $349. It would have come out much later than the Pixel Watch, Samsung’s next wearable, other devices using Wear OS 3, and the new Apple Watch.
According to Bloomberg, Meta informed the project’s team last week that it will not be published, although the company is still working on a number of other wrist-worn devices. The corporation is making this step in the midst of cost-cutting measures and other significant hardware initiatives like smart glasses and AR headsets.