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  • Meta was last year spotted working on its smartwatch
  • The smartwatch is said to be codenamed Milan
  • It is said to have used a 12-megapixel camera at the back of the device

It has reportedly pulled the plug on its dual-camera smartwatch planned for a summer 2022 launch, but it’s not giving up on wrist-based wearables.

Meta was last year spotted working on its smartwatch

Reports over the last couple of years have suggested that not only was Meta working on a smartwatch, but it was also developing with two cameras. However, that project is on hold, according to sources, as Meta is focusing on other wearables instead.

The long-rumored smartwatch was pegged as a possible Apple Watch competitor and the report suggests it was expected to go on sale next spring for around $349. A prototype was said to have features including activity tracking, a calendar, a photo gallery, and heart rate monitoring. It’s believed to have had an 18-hour battery life.

The smartwatch is said to be codenamed Milan

The report does not give a reason for the about-face, but in April, the tech giant said that it lost $3 billion in Q1 in metaverse development.

Meta (and before it Facebook) has been looking for years for a route into hardware to diversify its business and to fill out a more vertically integrated approach to building tech products, not unlike Apple and Google.

While Facebook-owned Oculus has produced the company’s biggest hardware hits, the watch becomes the latest in a line of stops and starts in Facebook’s hardware efforts. Others have included an ill-fated attempt to break into smartphones, the Portal screen, and a many-years-long effort with glasses (still not launched).

Meta is said to have used a 12-megapixel camera at the back of the device

The device, which would have rivaled Apple Watch and Google Pixel Watch, was in development for at least two years under the project name “Milan” in Meta’s Reality Labs division.

The Facebook watch would have been the first of its own to feature two cameras, a 5-megapixel camera located at the front and a 12-megapixel camera at the back, against the wrist.

Users would have been able to remove the watch face from its strap to take photos. The removable watch face had a gold casing with two buttons on the side, very similar to the Apple Watch.

Facebook was speculated to launch the first generation of the smartwatch in 2022, followed by the second and third generations. About the pricing of the watch, sources told The Verge that the smartwatch could be priced at around $400 (Rs 29,000 roughly)

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