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Samsung Health will stop syncing data with third-party apps

Samsung Health is one of the better-designed and feature-rich apps from the Korean company’s stable. The health and wellness-focused app is capable of collecting a wide variety of activity related data through the built-in smartphone sensors and dedicated wearables such as the Gear S3, Gear Sport, Gear Fit Pro, etc.

In an attempt to make the app more versatile, Samsung added the ‘Connected Services’ feature a couple of years back. Connected Services feature allows Samsung Health users to sync data with third-party apps and services such as Microsoft Health, Misfit, Fitbit, Jawbone, Runkeeper, etc. It offers users the flexibility to use any app, service, or wearable of their choice and still be able to sync that data with the Samsung Health app.

Samsung Health will remove ‘Connected Services’ soon

Unfortunately, Samsung has decided to retire this functionality from September 1 for all the third-party apps and services except Strava. It is also removing UV tracker, Temperature and Humidity (TH) tracker from the app. The company is notifying Samsung Health users about the upcoming change through a notice in the app. It is not clear what prompted this move, but it definitely makes Samsung Health less open and more restrictive.

All these changes appear to be part of Samsung Health version 6.0, scheduled to hit the devices soon. The company is teasing users about the impending major update and asking them to sync the data before the update to prevent any data loss.

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abqnm
abqnm

So Google Fit is expanding what they offer and connect with, and Samsung is removing features and connected apps. Seems like it’s time for people to move to Google Fit so they can drop the Samsung crap.

monospace
monospace

Have you tried the new Google Fit? It’s crap, classic crap.

warlockba
warlockba

Compare it to SHealth, and it starts smelling like roses …

fcaroll
fcaroll

Sammy and their race for simplifying everything to nonsense just to copy apple instead of improving the actually good features they introduced. I hope samsung was still the old samsung in many ways

warlockba
warlockba

I beg to differ, the Apple fitness app is far more superior, and its servers are more stable or reliable than Samsung’s will ever be. My Samsung Health was syncing my profile over 60MBit wifi for ~0.5h every time, if at all; and by how often I had to wipe my Samsung Gear, due to issues with the firmware, I got tired of “syncing SHealth data” messages. And yes, Samsung tends to cut R&D costs, by dumbing most of their apps down, or cancelling them altogether. Even the famous Note app got converted mostly to a doodle pad for kids,… Read more »

fcaroll
fcaroll

I didn’t talk about s health, i don’t even use it. Mine was a general opinion about what and how samsung does things, the point is that if you have more features you can decide whether to use them or not, if you have less features you can’t decide. For a company as big as samsung, deleting features instead of optimizing them is just ridiculous. Less is more is good just if you have the resources to do well only a few things.
By the way i completely agree with what you said

warlockba
warlockba

I got you, the only thing I saw as contradiction is “that they copy Apple”. But I doubt they do, or if they do, they fail miserably at it – because, true Apple has a lot of limits, a LOT, feeling the pain since I switched too (I am willing to pay this price, for a device which works for its intended purpose well – a phone, no tinkering, fiddling or fine-tuning until it is stable to use for the day), but definitively not in the fitness app world – even the friggin’ Xiaomi MiBand2 can be used with Apple… Read more »

locarno
locarno

Typicall Samsung. Launch something, and then kill it.

Turbotomate
Turbotomate

Impatiently waiting for Samsung Health 6.0.
24.08.2018 was the announced date for the update, but nothing yet.