The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 just launched days ago and has already received its first major update. The new update brings a bunch of new features to Samsung’s latest smart wearable. The 80MB OTA update can be installed on the watch via the Galaxy Wearable app.
Samsung recently launched the Galaxy Watch 3 in four variants. Of the two 41mm variants, one features LTE while the other relies on Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Similarly, one of the 45mm variants features LTE while the other supports Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
The main highlight of the new Galaxy Watch 3 update is the addition of health and fitness-oriented features, especially blood oxygen monitoring. The update also comes after ECG monitoring was launched in South Korea, which also recently received approval from the US FDA.
The ECG functionality can tell you about your Atrial Fibrillation and Sinus rhythm. It provides Atrial Fibrillation results when your heart rate is higher than usual but shows Sinus rhythm when everything’s normal. And when the result is incorrect, the smartwatch will display Measurement Failure or Signal Failure alerts.
The Galaxy Watch will take around 30 seconds to measure ECG, but it is best not to use the readings for medical diagnosis and treatments. You should visit a medical professional for that.
Then there’s the Sleep Score feature, which goes above and beyond the normal sleep tracking functions. Every morning it will appear on the watch to tell you how well you’ve slept in terms of deep sleep and REM cycles.
Finally, the update also adds more advanced running analysis to the Galaxy Watch 3, which enables you to dig deeper into the stats for your runs and will provide suggestions for where you can make improvements.
For those who want to stay fit while being at home, Samsung Health provides more than 120 different home training programs so you can track your workout progress on your watch. The Galaxy Watch 3 will also feature a stainless steel case, a Gorilla Glass DX display, a 5 ATM water resistance, MIL-STD-810G rating, and GPS support.
Speaking of regulatory updates, not all of these features are available in all of the markets that the Galaxy Watch 3 is sold in, due to differences in each county’s health laws. Blood oxygen monitoring can’t be accessed in Algeria, Angola, Canada, France, Iran, Japan, Libya, South Africa, or Thailand right now.
In addition to the arrival of blood oxygen monitoring, the Galaxy Watch 3 update also includes the advanced running analytics, VO2max support, and other features. VO2max will help users estimate the maximum amount of oxygen they intake during their workout sessions.