While smartwatches already support many advanced vital sign scans, both Apple and Samsung face strict regulatory approvals. After all, wearable slower manufacturers need to pass stringent certifications before activating electrocardiogram or blood pressure monitoring. Fortunately, Samsung’s Galaxy Watch Active2 smartwatch has just lifted its long-awaited blood pressure test in South Korea.
Before that, Apple had pioneered the introduction of an electrocardiogram (ECG) feature for its own Apple Watch. But in some people’s eyes, blood pressure monitoring function is also very difficult to get up.
When wearing the Galaxy Watch Active2, users first use traditional tools to measure and calibrate blood pressure before the smartwatch analyzes blood pressure and blood flow more accurately based on pulse waves.
Samsung has now officially pushed the feature to Galaxy Watch Active2 users in South Korea through a software update after receiving approval from the Country’s Food and Drug Administration (other regions may have to wait).
For the ECG features approved last month, they will not be released until the third quarter of this year.