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FB to compete with Apple; Reports to launch Android-powered smartwatch

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Lucknow: Facebook can soon shake up Apple’s million dollar market as messaging giant app is reported to be secretly working on a smartwatch. As per what reports suggest, this unannounced device would ship with the Android operating system.

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Just like other available smartwatches on the market, FB’s innovative approach would put health tracking, messaging, and fitness features. Facebook is also working on its own operating system for hardware devices. It’s possible this homegrown OS would power future wearables from the company.

However, it is unclear if it would come with Wear OS as a platform. Usually, the inclusion of Android on a wearable suggests Wear OS, but that might not be the case here.

The future of Facebook smartwatches heavily depends on consumers’ trust, which in present scenario seems difficult enough, as Google might not buy Fitbit without regulators getting nervous. We already know FB data theft accusations, which might directly impacts the response to its smartwatch, as it could track consumer health data and then use it as per their will.

Meanwhile, FB did launch a smart display that received a similar outcry from privacy advocates, however, the product is still selling well enough for the makers. Making it possible for a smartwatch to rule the market.

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Facebook’s ‘Oculus’ brand of VR headsets are quite popular and technically fall within the wearable category. It’s possible that Facebook could tie a smartwatch and other future wearables under the Oculus branding and that would quell consumers’ fears.

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