Back in the last month, Samsung announced that it’s Galaxy Watch Active2 and Galaxy Watch3 would finally get support for ECG and blood pressure monitoring in 31 markets across the world. The smartwatch segment is giving a step further in importance thanks to these features. After all, they have a bigger health-centric appeal. The major downside of these features, is that they often depend on specific governments’ approval. Every government wants to ensure that these features can be used and reliable. Today, these features are finally available for the aforementioned markets.
The full list of countries getting these features on Galaxy Watch Active2 and Watch3 are:
- Czech Republic
- the Netherlands
- the UAE
- The United Kingdom.
To use these features, users will need to download the Samsung Health Monitor app. It is now available to download from the Galaxy Store. Of course, you also need to install a software update on your Galaxy Watch Active2 or Galaxy Watch3 before using the app and the features. The update is currently rolling out in a gradual manner. If you’re impatient, you can manually check for it from the Galaxy Wearable app.
Worth noting that blood pressure monitoring requires calibration before use. To do that, you will measure your blood pressure with both the watch and a dedicated blood pressure monitor three times. You will need to input the values you get from the standalone monitor into the application. After that, you can freely use the application from your smartwatch.
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ECG and blood pressure monitoring have been “coming soon” features since these wearables were unveiled. It took a while, but it’s good to see that these features are finally available for users consumers. This also serves as one of the main selling points for these smartwatches. After all, these features aren’t available in the big majority of them.
Interestingly, this year’s galaxy watches, presumably the Galaxy Watch4, will come with a glucose reading. It will allow users to monitor the level of sugar on their types of blood, helping them to prevent diabetes or monitor this condition. Of course, we also expect Samsung to trail a long road before making this feature available. However, it will certainly be an innovative and appealing feature.