Just like the Apple Watch, the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 has all the necessary hardware to do ECG readings. However, that feature needs some additional approval from the governing bodies in all parts of the world for it to work. Well, Samsung's latest smartwatch finally gets the green light from South Korea's Ministry of Food and Drug Safety. Apple's Watch had to go through that process in several regions across the world as well and it took a lot of time.
In an official blog post, Samsung has announced that the Galaxy Watch Active2 is finally ECG-certified in its home country and it will start pushing updates to its South Korean customers sometime in Q3 2020.
The bad news is that the watch still has to go through the corresponding governing bodies in the US, Europe and other parts of Asia. And with the current ongoing pandemic, we can see how it's going to be delayed even further.
I bought Galaxy watch 3 on preorder in November 2019 in anticipation that it will have ECG, 8 months have gone and all I hear is I will get it soon 🤣🤣🤣 Now it looks that I will have to wait until 2021 (or else) will I get some kind if refund from Sam...
Ah ok that makes sense. I thought ECG was just a sensor anyone we can use. I thought that unless you claim 'medical grade' then you don't need approval.
Apple and Samsung want to do that. But it's illegal in most countries without certification.