The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is still missing the EKG, but it’s your consolation prize

The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is still missing the EKG, but it’s your consolation prize


The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 was released last year, but Samsung’s promised heart tracking ECG feature is still not available to help it compete with Apple Watch in the US.

In contrast, Samsung recently released a new update to the watch that adds features that debuted in the recently released Galaxy Watch 3 to the cheaper Active 2 — including the long-rumored fall detection feature that can help if you trip and get seriously injured.

When the Galaxy Watch 3 was released last month for a hefty starting price of $399 compared to the Galaxy Watch Active 2’s $250 price tag, it added a few fitness features that turned out to be chancy. Now, you get several metrics such as “asymmetry,” “vertical oscillation,” and “contact time” to help analyze your running form and maximum oxygen measurement. It’s not the EKG you’ve been waiting for, but adding this feature to the older, cheaper Samsung model is a good entry point for people interested in testing out some of the Galaxy Watch 3’s new fitness smart devices.

Fall detection is a key feature Apple Watch has had since 2018; this is a handy feature for users who wear the watch because if you fall and seriously injure yourself, for example if you twist your ankle and can’t get up, the watch can detect a fall and ask you if you need to reach any of your emergency contacts.

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The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is the successor to the original Galaxy Watch (yes, no Galaxy Watch 2), adding a thinner and lighter design than its predecessor, plus an OLED display with rotating bezels. Along with the new fitness intelligence mentioned earlier, the watch will immediately allow you to monitor your blood oxygen levels. Even with the remaining exclusive features, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 already looks like a better deal from the Dan review, and now has some new fitness enhancements available.

Regardless of which wearable you buy, they still don’t have an EKG. The Galaxy Watch Active 2 technically has this feature available in Korea, but it’s still unclear whether US users will get access. Last month, the FDA confirmed that the Galaxy Watch 3 has been allowed for EKG, but Samsung hasn’t announced when it will be available.

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