Facebook’s next attempt at hardware may be a smartwatch

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Facebook’s past forays into hardware have had mixed results, ranging from well-regarded Oculus VR headsets to an ill-fated phone tie-up with HTC. Now The Information cites anonymous sources saying the company will try again with a smartwatch that includes a built-in cellular connection. The report claims an initial version could arrive next year powered by an open-source version of Android, with a follow-up in 2023, all in service of trying to control the next computing platform after smartphones.

Of course, it’s unclear whether that effort will work — seen anyone using a Portal lately? — especially considering the privacy issues around Facebook and looming investigations by regulators.

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