Samsung’s next smartwatch, the Galaxy Watch 5, which is expected to launch in August 2022, will introduce a thermometer function to check your body temperature, according to a new report.
Very little has been revealed about the watch, but ETNews reported that “Samsung and Apple have been delaying the thermometer function (on their smartwatches) until now”.
The main issue relates to doubts about the accuracy of this type of measurement on a wrist, especially since the temperature detected on skin can be affected when a person is in direct sunlight or doing exercise.
Of course checking body temperature has become commonplace ever since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out in 2020, but body temperature is considered to be an important health indicator and the Galaxy Watch 5 will now be able to serve as a thermometer.
Improvements to health functions on Galaxy Watch 4
Samsung’s new update to the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic helped users reach their health and wellness goals with improvements like advanced interval training designed for cyclists and runners, a new sleep coaching programme and new body composition insights. The watch offered the possibility to track blood pressure, carry out electrocardiogram (ECG) monitoring and check blood oxygen saturation levels.
Samsung Electronics has reportedly now devised a technology that can accurately measure body temperature and the company may also be considering the new wireless earphone Buds to have a thermometer function. This would be done by detecting infrared wavelengths emitted from the eardrum to the earbuds.
As wearable devices become more and more popular, Samsung plans to continue adding several innovative health functions as it seeks to offer better competition against Apple and narrow the gap in the market share.