Facebook plans to launch its own connected watch

According to The Information, Mark Zuckerberg’s company plans to launch its own connected watch, starting next year.

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Facebook definitely has many projects in store. While Mark Zuckerberg’s company is currently working on the integration of new features “Borrowed” to the Clubhouse social network on Instagram and Messenger, GAFAM also reportedly planned to market your own connected watch from next year, reports the American media The Information. The goal for the web giant? Extend its field of action, but above all find a new way to collect user data. Since the update of iOS 14, Facebook has indeed engaged in an open war with the Apple, accusing the company of Tim Cook of wanting to kill targeted advertising, and small businesses. With the new data protection measures taken by Apple, the social network could thus have a lot to lose in the future. A connected home watch would therefore allow him to compensate – a little for this potential loss of income, by recovering information that Facebook had so far lacked: The health data of its users.

Facebook could thus embark on the development of a direct competitor of the Fitbit or the Apple Watch, which would probably be able to detect a Covid-19 infection before the test. It must be said that the idea of ​​investing in connected health is not new for Mark Zuckerberg. Two years ago, the web giant had also tried to buy Fitbit, before being overtaken by Google. Still according to sources put forward by The Information, Facebook’s connected watch should embark “An open source version of Google’s Android software”, and be marketed at a very aggressive price, which would allow it to reach a large audience. A first model should be launched next year, followed by a second from 2023.


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