The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active is designed to allow blood pressure tracking on the wrist. The manufacturer announced the feature to launch the market – but could not keep the promise so far.
In its press release on the Galaxy Watch Active Samsung advertises that you can measure your blood pressure with the smartwatch. You should keep track of your health better and every day through the feature. The feature will initially be available in only one beta and in five countries, including Germany. In the US, Canada, Singapore and Australia, the innovation should already be available. In this country, buyers are so far bitter disappointed.
To use the feature you need the app “My BP Lab 2.0”. This was developed some time ago for a study by the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF). But anyone looking for the app in the Play Store will get the information that their device is not compatible.
The app is presumably not available in this country, because Germany does not participate in the study. Although you will come to the app via detours, the next problem quickly arises: “My BP Lab 2.0” recognizes that your Galaxy Watch Active is nearby. She then tries to download a required application for the smartwatch from Galaxy Apps. These are not available in this country and you will receive an error message.
Apparently only a few devices compatible
How you would set up the function, if the apps were available in the stores, and how the blood pressure measurement works, you see at the top of the video. When this (actually already announced at the market launch for German users) feature is available, is not yet clear.
What Samsung also seems to have concealed so far: The blood pressure measurement is apparently only possible if you own a Galaxy S9, Galaxy Note 9 or Galaxy S10 (Plus), reports the developer of the app. The Galaxy S10e is currently not compatible, so several users in the Samsung Forum. In addition, you will need either manually entered data or an external sphygmomanometer as the basis for regular measurements.