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Best innovative feature of MWC 2014: built-in heart rate monitor on the Galaxy S5

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Best innovative feature of MWC 2014: built-in heart rate monitor on the Galaxy S5

We've reached a state where delivering an innovative feature or functionality on a smartphone has become extremely challenging, and manufacturers are investing lots of time and resources into developing the technologies that could make their products stand out. Not all of these innovations, however, go beyond being flashy gimmicks. That heart rate monitor built into the Galaxy S5, on the other hand, is something worth looking forward to.

With its ability to check one's pulse, the Samsung Galaxy S5 could be more than just a great smartphone. It becomes your personal health monitoring tool, thus helping people stay fit and well. Furthermore, the handset is able to act as your fitness assistant, working hand in hand with the pre-loaded S Health 3.0 application. And now that the S Health SDK is available to Samsung's software developer partners, who knows what else the innovative sensor would be used for in the near future. 

What do you, guys, think? Was there an innovation demonstrated at MWC 2014 that you liked better? Let us know in the comments!

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posted on 28 Feb 2014, 10:12 19

1. chunky1x (Posts: 270; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)


I admit that this feature is cool.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 10:16 9

5. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


sometimes it gives you heart attack when It's showing you 180 heart rates.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 10:55 1

21. chunky1x (Posts: 270; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)


I still need to see how accurate this feature is. In CNET, there tester had 96 bpm which abnormally high. If it works good, if not this is a big ripoff.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 15:05 2

53. maccess (Posts: 742; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


I guess when you wrote this comment your heart rates was OVER 9000..

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 18:35 2

62. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Wrong, it was 1 heart rate.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 10:39 8

14. draconic1991 (Posts: 195; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


Seriously?? There are small apps that can almost as precisely measure this.
And to phonearena: this is the most innovative at mwc?? You guys shud have looked around a bit when u were there.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 10:45 8

16. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Don't even mention the flashlight since it's inaccurate against an actual heartbeat sensor itself.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 11:07 4

25. draconic1991 (Posts: 195; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


You dont need it to be that accurate...The ones who will care about its accuracy will definitely buy an actual heart rate monitor rather than the s5

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 11:12 10

27. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


They wouldn't need to if the heartbeat sensor in the S5 is accurate already lol...

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 11:43 2

36. draconic1991 (Posts: 195; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


Anyway, this isnt even innovation...they just combined two products...they didnt make anything new...whats innovation in this.
You dont think Corephotonics deserved this more?

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 11:49 3

37. draconic1991 (Posts: 195; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


And one more thing. Erica Griffin in her hands on said that the heart rate monitor is inconsistent. That doesnt sound very accurate to me.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 12:05 3

40. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


It's not the final product. There's still an entire month to iron out things before release.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 12:44 3

45. draconic1991 (Posts: 195; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


My other comment still stands...not innovation and corephotonics deserved much much more

posted on 01 Mar 2014, 11:14 1

70. techaman (unregistered)


yo smurf its the same thing using the light to see vessels contracting. wow you will say everything is good with samsung no matter what it is. i love all my samsung stuff but this phone was a let down and its going to hurt the galaxy s line.

posted on 01 Mar 2014, 11:12

69. techaman (unregistered)


its not cool its crap should never have been put on cell phones. you can do the same thing with a app on most other phones.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 10:15 5

2. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Why did you give the award for the S5's heart rate monitor? Much more innovative to put it on a watch or a band, like Samsung did. BTW the technology for this is provided by a Finnish company :)

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 10:16 7

4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Because it was implemented on one device instead of having to buy another..?

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 10:38 5

13. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Yes but will you really use this on your phone? If you're going out running or cycling, will you really take the phone out of wherever it might be, probably not in your pocket since a smartphone is too big and heavy to be comfortably placed in your pocket while doing sports. It's pretty useless to place it on a smartphone. on a smartwatch or band it is innovative.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 10:46 6

17. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


But it's not innovative to place it in a phone instead of having to buy another device...? Comment #4 still stands lol.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 11:02 4

24. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


So it's innovative to place a 4 liter petrol tank for your car in your smartphone so you don't have to buy a separate spare tank? It's just as impractical like this heart rate monitor

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 11:12 3

28. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Bad analogy. Got another one?

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 11:16 3

31. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Doesn't matter because no matter how many I tell you you still won't give a fu**.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 11:28 4

33. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Ok you're mad. Time to count to 10, take a deep breath, and stop being ignorant.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 11:33 3

34. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


I'm not mad. It's just annoying how you overlook all the flaws about yourself and throw them to others.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 12:06 2

41. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


How is it a flaw? Lol.

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 02:40 1

76. joey_sfb (Posts: 5982; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I am sure the rest of the public that buy this phone will overlook it as well.

Not sure why you need to argue when you have no interest to buy Samsung products.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 15:36 2

60. dratomic (Posts: 483; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


heart rate monitor on the phone which does not monitor it constantly is useless. there are apps out there that can do it via phones camera. in cardiogy rhytm and arhymia are way more important than heart rate. i think note 3 is best. but gs5 is like a s4plus. yotaphone is what really caught my eye

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 11:54

38. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 261; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)


Did you know that there are companies that makes armbands for smartphone? So for cycling and running it's going to be practical. Check Amazon for them.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 12:05 4

39. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Of course I know them. But is it practical to take the phone from the band (which is probably sealed and takes a while to take phone out of there) and hold your phone on your finger for 5 second and then put it back into the band? And all this while you're doing the exercise. It's just not practical at all. If you're such a fitness fanatic that you need to know your heart rate, you probably already have a device for that or then buy a smartband.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 12:27

42. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 261; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)


I never said that you have to take the phone out.. It's a optical hr monitor, so it should measure you heart rate when it's on your arm.

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