05 August 2019
Samsung launched the Galaxy Watch Active 2 wearable last month with many new great features but the main highlight was the biggest change in the design. The smartwatch features a rotating touch bezel rather than a physical rotating bezel that has been Samsung’s signature.
Apart from this huge design change, the wearable includes some internal changes as well. These include ECG and fall detection but both of these features weren’t made active at the time of launch. But Samsung promised that these features will come only in the next year once it receives FDA approval.
Now Sammobile claims that it has learned the Fall Detection and ECG features will launch in February next year. The report goes on to say that these features will first be rolled out in the United States. It’s also mentioned that the Fall Detection will see a wider rollout and arrive in the first quarter of 2020, whereas it’s unclear where ECG and Afib notifications will be offered.
Samsung may update the One UI for the Galaxy Watch Active 2 when it gets ready to release these features. The upgraded One UI may welcome more software upgrades, but this is just a guess.
The Galaxy Watch Active 2 comes in two size – 40mm with a 1.2-inch display and 44mm with a 1.4-inch display. It supports Bluetooth 5.0, NFC for mobile payments support as well as GPS for tracking workouts without the phone. It’s powered by Exynos 9110 processor and runs Tizen OS and has 768MB/1.5GB RAM with 4GB onboard storage. It’s IP68 certified which means it’s water-resistant.
Interested buyers in South Korea will be able to get the new Galaxy Watch 2 starting this week and it will be released on September 23 in the United States.