Snap, the parent company of ephemeral messaging platform Snapchat, might be getting ready to launch a new version of its Spectacles. A report last month detailed that the company is working on two new models with first of them arriving sometime this year and a follow-up model (or version 3.0) arriving in 2019. Now, proof for the existence of second-generation Spectacles has been spotted in an FCC listing.
On late Tuesday, FCC published a new filing made by Snap that describes a new product called “wearable video camera.” The filing does not offer a great deal of information about this future product and skips on information including photos or user manual for the product. However, the document made public by FCC does mention Spectacles as a device description. Variety reports that the device is described as “Model 002” which could mean that this is the second version of the wearable device.
One of the big changes with the second-generation Spectacles will be the support of 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard, which enables faster file transfer using the 5GHz band. The second version of Spectacles is also expected to bring in some design changes including an electronic ID label that can be accessed within the Snapchat app as opposed to a standard FCC ID label on the inside of the temples of first generation model. It is not immediately clear whether this will lead to changes in the frame of the device.
Last month, Cheddar reported that Snapchat is working on two models with the first among of them bringing just performance improvements while the second model slated for 2019 release will be equipped with two cameras and GPS support. The report added that the improved variant with dual cameras could be priced at $300.
Snap, the listed company behind Snapchat, is trying for new ways to make revenue and Spectacles was seen by analysts as a way to bring its app to a hardware. However, Snap’s Spectacles are said to have failed to ship in volumes, with one estimate saying the company has lost nearly $40 million on unsold Spectacles. There is a possibility that Snap is using these unsold models and equipping them with better hardware for release this year.
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Snapchat, a messaging app created by Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy, continues to remain the most widely used application among the US teenagers. However, it has seen pressure from Facebook-owned Instagram and its Stories, which has grown to 300 million monthly users as opposed to Snapchat’s 187 million daily active users. The Spectacles can be seen as Snap’s attempt to steer way from its dependence on Snapchat.