Facebook wants to compete with Apple’s Fitbit and Google’s Fitbit with its own smartwatch, the US news site writes. the information Friday based on insiders.
Smartwatch users should be able to send messages via Facebook services such as Facebook, Messenger, and WhatsApp. It also gets the fitness and health functions.
The Facebook smartwatch should be running on an open source version of Google’s Android OS. Facebook’s smart screen portal also works on this operating system. The smartwatch is expected to require a connection with a mobile phone.
The intent is for users to make more use of Facebook services due to the capabilities of the smartwatch. For example, they can share their fitness activities with their Facebook friends. They can also maintain contact with a personal trainer via Messenger, for example.
Apple is the largest player in the smartwatch market with the Apple Watch. According to market researcher Above Avalon, 100 million people use an iPhone-maker smartwatch.
Google has had a number of less successful smartwatches under its own name, but it recently completed the Fitbit acquisition. This company makes simple fitness trackers, but it also makes smartwatches with several options. Other tech companies like Samsung and Huawei also offer smartwatches of their own.
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