The first leaked images of Facebook's smartwatch make it clear: there's a notch, which people love to mock, and what appears to be a front-facing camera. The watch's screen is turned off in the photo, but the beady little camera eye is clearly visible.
The photo, first reported by Bloomberg, was discovered within the company's app for its Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses. The watch, dubbed "Milan" in the code, has a large display similar to the Apple Watch, but it lacks a camera. According to Bloomberg, the image shown today may not be the final version that consumers see. Nonetheless, it confirms previous reports about Facebook's work.
The device was supposed to be released in Summer 2022, according to Bloomberg's source, but no final decision has been made.
Google, Garmin, Samsung, and Apple dominate the smartwatch market. So, in order to stand out, Facebook's offering is designed to closely resemble a smartphone. During Thursday's Connect keynote, CEO Mark Zuckerberg made several jabs at what he called "closed platforms," possibly referring to Android and iOS. Earlier this week, during its earnings call, Facebook partially blamed missed revenue targets on Apple's ad-tracking features.
Facebook's parent company, Meta, rebranded itself earlier today. However, a MetaWatch from 2014 is already available. With any luck, this will result in bizarre lawsuits involving branding and intellectual property — as well as the legal discovery that goes with it.