[Update: Feb. 22] Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 to get ECG & BP monitoring via update in Q3, other Galaxy watches to follow later
This story is being continuously updated…. New updates are being added at the bottom…..
Original story (published on May 25, 2020) follows:
Galaxy Watch Active 2 offers its users several features, but the monitoring feature Electrocardiogram (ECG) is well expected. The electrocardiogram (ECG) will calculate pulse rate and rhythm, and provide indirect proof of blood flow to the heart muscle.
But before this advanced feature can be made available to the watch, it needs to get government approval. FYI, ECG feature was earlier planned to go live in Q1 2020, but things didn’t go as expected as the OEM required extra time to complete the formalities as well as proper testing.
And now, it seems that Samsung has managed to get at least teh Korean government’s approval. The OEM has announced that the Soth Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety has approved the ECG functionality for the Galaxy Watch Active 2. So, the users in South Korea will soon benefit from this awesome feature.
This function will be activated by upgrading the Samsung Health app, which enables tracking of the ECG and blood pressure. As for how this feature will function, users will have to position a finger gently on the back/top button for 30 seconds while holding their forearm still.
It is now quite obvious that local authority approval plays an important role in when this feature will be available in your country. FDA approval is required in the U.S. to get the feature.
This clearance has to go through the department of health, and because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a high likelihood of things getting delayed for the other regions.
For now, the feature will be added to the Koren Watch Active 2 units, and other countries should follow soon. Other Galaxy Watch devices will also get the support later on. If there are any further developments about the same, we will keep you informed.
Update 1 (June 18, 2020)
The Blood Pressure monitoring feature is now finally available for the Galaxy Watch Active 2
Update 2 (January 27, 2021)
The Samsung Health Monitor app was granted the CE-marking in December 2020, thus allowing the service to expand to 28 European countries. Further, Samsung is rolling out the app in in Chile, Indonesia and the UAE as per a fresh report.
This brings the total number of supported countries to 31. The Samsung Health Monitor app will start rolling out to Galaxy Watch 3 and Galaxy Watch Active 2 users in these countries starting February 4.
Update 3 (February 22, 2021)
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 users in the UK have begun receiving a new software update that brings suppoer for the Blood Pressure and ECG monitoring functions. The update bears the build number BUA8 and weighs 74.02 MB. Here’s a screenshot of all that’s new:
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