Google is making its first in-house smartwatch that could launch in 2022

Google is finally making its own in-house smartwatch that’s set to launch in 2022. While Google has made its own smartphones for years under the Pixel line (which has since extended to other accessories, like wireless headphones), the company has never designed its own smartwatch, despite the fact that Google has had a companion wearable platform for Android since 2014. The watch (codenamed “Rohan”) is being worked on by Google’s Pixel hardware group separately from Fitbit, which Google bought for $2.1 billion earlier this year. The device is expected to cost more than a Fitbit and compete more directly with the Apple Watch. The watch will have basic fitness tracking features, including step counting and a heart rate monitor. Google is currently in the middle of the latest reinvention of its smartwatch platform with Wear OS 3.

Oppo teases a retractable rear camera for their phones

Oppo has released a brief video hinting at a new type of camera design for smartphones. The company’s “self-developed retractable camera” is shown extending from the phone’s body before retracting back inside. The video suggests that the mechanism is waterproof and that it’ll automatically retract the camera if the phone is dropped. Unlike pop-up selfie cameras that hide themselves inside a phone until needed, moving the camera back and forth on the Z-axis could have implications for image quality, though Oppo hasn’t yet claimed anything about any optical advantages of this design. It doesn’t appear to be a zoom lens, given its marked simply as 50mm, but it could theoretically help improve telephoto performance. Oppo is releasing this video ahead of its annual Inno Day event, where the company often shows off various concepts and technologies before they’re commercially deployed. Last year’s event featured a roll-able phone and AR glasses.