The very first update to the recently introduced Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is introducing a few new features including monitoring the blood oxygen.
The update was actually listed during the Galaxy Unpacked keynote and you should see the update arrive in the coming days (via SamMobile) should you have picked up the smartwatch. As mentioned above, the most important new additions are certainly the monitoring of blood oxygen and the measurements of VO2 max but they are not all included.
You’ll also be able to get advanced running data and sleep ratings. The OTA update is not especially massive at around 80MB but is relatively large as far as smartwatch updates are concerned. SamMobile states that you should be able to grab it via the Galaxy Wearable app — or at least you’ll be able to do so if it’s started rolling out in your city.
There’s no place for ECG support in the Galaxy Watch 3 update that Samsung is still tuning to. It is worth noting, however, that while you will be able to measure blood oxygen levels, the data is still not sufficiently reliable to be classed as “medical data.”
Despite of this the feature is not everywhere available. In reality, in the following regions, you won’t be able to test your blood oxygen level — even if the update is available for your Galaxy Watch 3: Algeria, Angola, Canada, France, Iran, Japan, Libya, South Africa and Thailand.