Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 and Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 can now administer electrocardiograms to detect signs of atrial fibrillation. But there’s a catch – only Galaxy Watch users with Galaxy smartphones can use the new ECG app.
While Samsung wearable products are compatible with the iPhone through the Samsung Galaxy Watch app, only those Galaxy watches associated with Galaxy smartphones, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra or Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, can read an ECG on their wrist.
On the one hand, most Galaxy Watch users are probably users of Galaxy smartphones, so ECG exclusivity may not be a big deal. But if you̵
I was thrilled when Samsung shared the news of the FDA authorization at its launch event for the Galaxy Watch 3 in August. The breakthrough sounded just like what Samsung needed to keep up with Fitbit and Apple in the smartwatch market this year.
ECG readings can save lives by hinting at potential heart problems. It’s a pity I can’t test this key feature on my iPhone. Ironically, I accidentally returned a review unit for the Note 20 Ultra earlier this week.
Am I holding this against Samsung? Absolutely not. In our Apple Watch 6 vs. Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, I explained face to face how the two companies openly take care of their respective smartphone users. Although iPhone owners can set up and use the Galaxy Watch (the same cannot be said the other way around), there are simply more benefits that come with using the Galaxy Watch and Galaxy phone together.
If you’re looking for a smartwatch with an FDA-approved ECG reader that should work with Android and iPhone phones – not just one or the other – you might consider the Fitbit Sense instead of the Apple Watch 6 or Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 The all-new premium offering from Fitbit has a number of intriguing health and fitness features, including the ability to track your stress.