When Samsung launched the Galaxy S5 back in February, they showed off a pretty unique feature of the device, its heart rate monitor. This addition to the device was nestled along with the LED flash and is primarily used to measure one’s heart rate after or during a workout session. While perhaps of little use to the average user, something like this is of great use for those trying to get back into shape while also keeping an eye on their heart rate to make sure they’re not overdoing things. It’s not an exact science of course, and the device relies on you performing a test in a quiet environment, something a lot of us might find difficult to find. Now though, this nifty feature has gotten a little bit more useful.
Samsung has sent out an update to the S Health app on the Galaxy S5 and the same heart rate monitor can now be used to tell you if you’re under stress. The app simply lets you know how stressed you are on a scale labeled “low to high”, which is pretty vague to say the least, but it’s a nice addition to a device that’s already pretty packed with features. While we’re sure the device genuinely tells you if you’re stressed or not, we wouldn’t recommend using this to secure a few days off from work for stress, as we question how accurate it really is.
S Health itself has quickly become a main feature included in Samsung devices and thanks to the Gear Fit that was released alongside the Galaxy S5, Samsung’s latest flagship really can help you keep in shape and lose weight. There are other apps available that offer similar functionality to Samsung’s offering for all Android devices, but it’d seem that people only really use what they’re given, and it’s nice to see Samsung improving their software little by little.