In January, Samsung announced that its Galaxy Watch Active2 and Galaxy Watch3 would finally receive support for ECG and blood pressure monitoring in 31 markets around the world. While this announcement made it seem like deployment was imminent, it wasn’t until today that these features were finally available.
Better late than never. Here is the full list of places where you can now take advantage of the new feature: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy , Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom.
The Samsung Health Monitor app is what you need, and if you are in any of the aforementioned countries, it is now available for download from the Galaxy Store. You will also need to install a new software update for your watch before you can start using the app. This update is rolling out, but if you’re impatient, you can manually check it out from the Galaxy Wearable app.
Note that blood pressure monitoring requires calibration before use. To do this, you will measure your blood pressure with both the watch and a dedicated blood pressure monitor three times, then enter the values you get from the stand-alone monitor into the app. After that, you can just use the app itself with your watch.
ECG and blood pressure monitoring are both ‘coming up’ since these two wearable devices launched last year, so it’s good to see them finally arrive. These are very differentiated features for Samsung watches, as most wearable devices cannot do this either.
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