Facebook could soon be throwing its hat into the health and wellness wearables space. According to a Feb. 12 report from The Information citing four anonymous sources, the tech company has been working on a smartwatch that would include health and wellness and other features for consumers.
The Android-based device is said to include a cellular connection so that it can be used independent of a tethered smartphone. Unsurprisingly, the smartwatch would use Facebook’s services for messaging and other social features, but could also play nice with the ecosystems of others in the health and wellness space (the report called out Peloton Interactive in particular).
Facebook has not released any statements or comments regarding the report.
WHY IT MATTERS
Facebook has been looking to extend beyond its social network and into hardware for the past several years. It purchased Oculus to get a head start on virtual reality headsets in 2014 and in 2018 launched the first of its Portal video…