Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 gets ECG feature in South Korea

Joanna Estrada
August 9, 2020

The Samsung Health app is now being updated to support VO2max monitoring, and the FDA has approved its electrocardiogram (ECG) functionality for the US.

The Galaxy Watch 3 likewise includes hardware to determine blood pressure and electrocardiogram (ECG) readings, however these functions aren't activated today due to the pending approvals from regulative firms of various nations.

WHAT'S NEW *While running with a Galaxy Watch3, you can now monitor your VO2max and other advanced metrics. What legally constitutes "medical data" varies by country, which is presumably why this functionality isn't available in every single market in which the Galaxy Watch 3 series was released.

Users in the USA may also get the feature soon, as Samsung received certification from FDA to release ECG function on Galaxy Watch3 and Galaxy Watch Active2. Well, the quarter is far from over, and at least if you don't live in Algeria, Angola, Canada, France, Iran, Japan, Libya, South Africa, or Thailand, you should be able to use the Galaxy Watch 3's blood oxygen sensor really soon.

First reported by SamMobile, the 80MB update brings blood oxygen monitoring so users can see how well their respiratory system carries oxygen around their body.

Samsung said it will activate ECG on the Galaxy Watch Active2 in Q3 2020, and the company has kept its promise as the feature is now enabled on the smartwatch, albeit in South Korea only. This Wi-Fi only variant comes with 128GB in storage, and it can be yours for just $400.

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