ECG and Fall Detection coming to Galaxy Watch Active 2 in Q1 2020

ECG and Fall Detection coming to Galaxy Watch Active 2 in Q1 2020
ECGs and fall detection, two of the most innovative health features of the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2, will arrive to the smartwatch in the first quarter of 2020 via a software update.

Samsung unveiled the Watch Active 2 last month and sales are expected to start on September 23rd in the United States, but the ECG and Fall Detection will not available at launch because the company had not yet received approval from the FDA.

Sources speaking for SamMobile now say that Samsung has gotten a timetable for the FDA certification and it will deliver the features in February next year for customers in the United States.


Electrocardiograms will allow the Galaxy Watch Active 2 to provide a much more detailed view onto the workings of your heart and detect possible Atrial Fibrillation (AFib). It's not clear, however, whether this particular feature will make it to users outside the United States, as that would be dependent on country-specific regulations.

The other new feature, Fall Detection, is expected to get a much wider roll-out and it will hit watches for customers in multiple countries outside the US. It's not yet clear whether all countries will get that feature, but it would be much easier for Samsung to get approval from regulators for this feature in comparison to the ECG.


It's also possible that Samsung gives its One UI a visual refresh when it pushes those two new features in Q1 2020.

The Watch Active 2 is the company's first one to use a digital alternative to the rotating bezel where you swipe on the side of the watch to navigate the interface. Customers in Samsung's home market Korea will be the first to get access to the watch, with sales there starting on September 6th.

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9 Comments

1. DolmioMan

Posts: 333; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

Sorry? I thought Samsung were years ahead of Apple in everything.

2. apple-rulz

Posts: 2175; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

That's what the Samsung Defense Force members like to believe.

6. oldskool50 unregistered

There is no Samsung defense force here. Those guys are simply people who make sure idiots like you stay in your place at the very bottom of the gene pool where you crawled from.

5. oldskool50 unregistered

Oh you mean how the A0ple Watch took 3 years to have cellular, while Samsung had it at the Gear S2? Oh how Samsung has sleep tracking and Apple doesnt? Wait someone will always beat someone with something, but only you psycho losers use it as a way to attack something you dont like because you know its better. The Gear blows any wearable regardless of how many they sell. When you consider all wearables are pretty pointless, at least Samsung is far more advanaced.

9. apple-rulz

Posts: 2175; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Is the rest of the Samsung Defense Force as advanaced as you?

11. gadgetpower

Posts: 265; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

Don’t misinterpret sales with freebies. Apple sells while Samsung bundles it for free.

7. Xavier1415

Posts: 207; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

This was done even before the apple watch geesh apple fans... Apple it ... I mean Google it ;)

3. Dwhite832003

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 02, 2019

They needed the additional time to perfect the feature. Sound like another rival company?

4. Vancetastic

Posts: 1508; Member since: May 17, 2017

How are those "innovative"?

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