Samsung announced today that it's expanding the blood pressure and ECG tracking features of the Galaxy Watch 3 and the Galaxy Watch Active 2 to 31 more countries. This functionality was previously limited to users in South Korea. Samsung has been working to bring it to more countries.
Both the Galaxy Watch 3 and the Galaxy Watch Active 2 have the required hardware that enables them to measure a user's blood pressure and electrocardiogram. The feature can be accessed through the Samsung Health Monitor app that will now be more widely available.
Samsung can finally bring these features to more users
The Samsung Health Monitor app was granted a CE-marking in December 2020, enabling the service to expand to 28 European countries. The CE-marking is an administrative sign which confirms that a product is compliant with the safety, health and environmental regulations of the EU.
What this means is that users in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom will now be able to utilize the ECG and blood pressure monitoring feature of their Samsung smartwatch. Samsung is also launching the app in Chile, Indonesia and the UAE, thus bringing the total number of supported countries to 31.
Samsung's smartwatches measure blood pressure through pulse wave analysis that's tracked with Heart Rate Monitoring sensors. The ECG function works by analyzing the heart's electrical activity through a sensor. Users will need to have the Samsung Health Monitor app installed on both their smartwatch and Galaxy smartphone to use these features. The app is installed automatically on the smartwatch when its firmware is updated to the latest version via the Galaxy Wearable app.
The company says that the Samsung Health Monitor app will be rolling out to users in these markets starting February 4.