What you need to know
- Samsung's Galaxy Watch 3 will now be able to double as your ECG monitor.
- The company announced FDA approval at launch, and a new ECG Monitor app will roll out from today.
- It's also coming to the Galaxy Watch Active 2.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is getting ECG support today, Samsung announced. The company had already said it planned on adding the feature later to its health-focused smartwatch at launch, and today's the day.
You'll be able to take readings through the new ECG Monitor app — accessible through the Samsung Health Monitor app on Galaxy phones only. You'll measure ECG readings right from your Galaxy Watch and have the Monitor app class them as either sinus rhythm or AFib. Samsung will also let you tack on additional notes top the readings via the Monitor app. If you're feeling dizzy and you get an AFib reading, for example, you may want to make a note of that for a doctor's appointment or similar.
Samsung is also rolling out the update to last year's Galaxy Watch Active 2, addressing a user pain point.
Reviewing the Galaxy Watch 3 in August, Android Central's Hayato Huseman concluded:
The addition of ECG support today now makes it more appealing for the health-conscious.
A better health tracker
To better track your health
Full of health-focused features, the Galaxy Watch 3 is primed to do its best to help you keep an eye on all of your personal wellness needs. From tracking basics like steps to automatic workout detection and ECG, you'll know just where you stand healthwise.
I got the update for my Active2. Can't get the ECG to work. Just get messages to make sure it's snug and to try moisturizing my skin. Did both and still not working. Garbage.
No issues on my W3. Worked 3 times in a row... about 30 minutes between each.
Did you make sure the bottom of the watch is clean as well? Had no issue other than having to take my case off so it could read my finger on the top button.
Any word on when blood pressure functionality is coming?
What app are you supposed to use?
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