Samsung has officially announced the upcoming release of its new Galaxy Watch 6 smartwatch, which will support notifications about atrial fibrillation (AFib). This feature will be available in 13 markets worldwide starting with the launch of One UI Watch 5.
Irregular heart rhythm alerts on the Galaxy Watch will monitor the wearer’s vital signs for signs of atrial fibrillation, a common heart condition that can lead to serious health problems over time.
This feature is also offered by Fitbit and other brands, but now Samsung is ready to offer passive notifications on Galaxy Watch devices. AFib detection uses the same sensors as the watch’s ECG, so implementing this capability shouldn’t be difficult for Samsung.
The company has already received approval for the feature in the US, South Korea, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Georgia, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Panama, and the UAE, for a total of 13 markets worldwide.
Before appearing on existing Galaxy Watch models, AFib detection will debut in the company’s new line of smartwatches. Samsung confirmed in an announcement that the upcoming Galaxy Watch 6 series will be released “later this year.”
The Galaxy Watch 6 line of smartwatches is expected to offer a new chipset, an updated design, and the return of the “classic” model with a rotating bezel. The heart rate alert feature will first appear on future Galaxy Watch devices later this year as part of the new One UI 5 Watch interface and will eventually be rolled out to previous versions.