Smart displays and smartwatches will no longer be part of the tech company's pipeline
Portal smart displays and smartwatches will no longer be part of the products under development by Meta, which has reorganized its work teams. Photo: Andre M. Chang/ZUMA Press Wire/dpa
Following Mark Zuckerberg's announcement of the layoff of around 11,000 Meta workers, which corresponds to approximately 13% of total company employees, there have been significant impacts in regards to the company's products.
As reported by the Reuters agency,46% of the people who were removed from the company held technological positions, while the remaining 56% had jobs related to commercial areas according to the head of human resources at Meta, Lori Goler.
This massive reduction in staff, the first in the company in In its 18 years of institutional life, not only have there been an economic impact,but another of its consequences is the stoppage of projects that were in development or that were already part of the commitment to the company's future.
Portal smart displays
This decision led to the devices called Portal, smart displays manufactured by Meta and with capacities close to those of a tablet, will cease to be produced. This would be a complementary measure to the one taken by the company at the beginning of the year, when it was decided that it would no longer be sold
Portal, the screen Meta smart. (Meta)
According to the Engadget website, the stoppage of activities directed at this device would be due to the fact that, even though this product It had a peak in sales during the pandemic, when the restrictions were lifted, these gradually declined to the current state in which it was only sold to companies since June of this year .
In addition, this product represented only 1% of the global market for Meta, so it was not convenient to maintain the development of the initial product or new versions
Another of the projects that Meta had planned for the coming months and years was to enter the smartwatch market to compete with other products such as the Apple Watch < /b>or the Pixel Watch with an in-house manufactured and developed smartwatch.
There are several cases in the world of smartwatches that alerted their users to some risk.
Finally, after several rumors about possible functions and features, which included a camera included inside the device, the project has been completely halted even before its arrival on the market. market and most likely it will not resume in the short or medium term.
Reorganization of work teams in Meta
As indicated in the aforementioned media, the staff who were actively working on the smartwatch will be integrated into the development of the company's virtual reality glasses, since the company's investments in Reality Labs are aimed at augmented reality through devices produced by the company.
This section of Zuckerberg's company, is dedicated to the research and development of virtual and augmented reality experiences. According to the Meta website, he is currently engaged in the “development of innovative AR glasses and VR headsets, computer vision, audio, graphics, haptic interaction, full-body tracking, perception science, and real telepresence.” ”.
they also operate within the instant messaging category.
At the moment it is not known if other projects or work teams were affected by the decision, but < b>Zuckerberg indicated that Meta's earnings were not as expected. “Revenue trends are much lower than I predicted. Again, I was wrong. It was a big mistake in the planning of the company. I take responsibility,” he stated.