The first software update for the galaxy watch 3 has now been released, with Samsung launching its first update just a day after launching its latest and most powerful line of wearable products. In fact, Samsung mentioned the update when it officially launched the galaxy watch 3 in this week’s “Galaxy unpacked 2020.”.
More specifically, this update includes support for blood oxygen monitoring, maximum oxygen uptake (VO2max), sleep levels and advanced operational analysis, all of which were classified as some of the key features of the galaxy watch 3 at this week’s launch. OTA updates are 80 MB in size and can be installed from the galaxy wearable application, provided that the download has been pushed in the region.
As Samsung described at the launch, blood oxygen analysis is designed to provide useful insight into human health and is not accurate enough to be classified as medical data. By law, the countries / regions that make up “medical data” vary, which may be why this feature is not available in every market where the galaxy watch 3 series is released. Algeria, Angola, Canada, France, Iran, Japan, Libya, South Africa and Thailand will not be able to use this feature.
The initial update to the galaxy watch 3 may take at least a few days to fully push, and it won’t be the last major addition to the new wearable product line. Samsung, for example, is still adding ECG support to the galaxy watch 3. The software strategy seems similar to last year’s Galaxy watch active 2, which also lacks real-time ECG monitoring.