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The Samsung Galaxy Watch3 and Active2 are cleared to activate their ECG functions in 31 new markets

A Galaxy Watch3 starts an ECG. (Source: Samsung)
A Galaxy Watch3 starts an ECG. (Source: Samsung)
The Samsung Health Monitor app has finally acquired the CE mark of approval in Europe. This means that the Galaxy Watch3 can finally use its electrocardiogram (ECG) and blood-pressure monitoring features, as can the Galaxy Watch Active2, across the European Economic Area (EEA). This is also true of the UK, UAE, Chilean and Indonesian markets.
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Samsung has finally secured the necessary regulatory clearance to use its ECG and blood-pressure sensors in the EEA. These new specs are found in the 3 and Active2 variants of the Galaxy Watch series only; therefore, this is particularly good news for owners of the latter, as it has been a long road to full functionality for this device in some locations.

However, its advanced health-tracking features should start to turn on across the 27 EEA member states soon, as it also should in the United Kingdom (UK), United Arab Emirates, Indonesia and Chile. Taking an ECG or blood pressure reading requires that Samsung's Health Monitor app is installed on a given paired smartphone, as this is required to log and track the measurements over time.

Despite all the fanfare made over these innovative new sensors in Samsung's pressers (such as the ability to detect atrial fibrillation), it is important to note that these smartwatches are still far from being able to diagnose health problems outright. Nevertheless, it can't hurt to take Health Monitor read-outs along when going for a medical check-up in any case.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-01-26 (Update: 2021-01-26)