Facebook developing smartwatch to compete with Apple, Huawei - report

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Facebook is reportedly building a smartwatch that will let users send messages and also offer health and fitness features.

The report comes from The Information, which cited people with direct knowledge of the device.

The social media giant plans to start selling the device next year, according to the report, a move that would mark its entry into a market currently dominated by Apple and Huawei.

Facebook's smartwatch will work via a cellular connection, letting users send messages through its services and also connect to the services or hardware of health and fitness companies, such as Peloton Interactive, according to the report.

Facebook has been foraying into the hardware sector in recent years, coming up with products including virtual reality headset Oculus and video chatting device Portal.

Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.