Cardiogram's self-titled heart health app for Android devices now supports a broad range of Garmin-made wearables, the two companies announced Thursday. The expansion of the mobile tool's ecosystem encompasses all devices from the American electronics manufacturer that are equipped with an optical heart rate monitor, with owners of Vivo, Forerunner, and Fenix-series smartwatches being able to take advantage of the newly launched interoperability momentarily.
Cardiogram and Garmin said many of their customers asked them to start supporting each other's products and services, indicating that there's already a significant overlap between the two user bases. The integration itself has been completed through the Garmin Health application programming interface (API), meaning Garmin's support for Cardiogram should work as seamlessly as any native app does on its fitness trackers. The health tracking service provider said it was happy to partner with Garmin as its devices generally provide it with more accurate data than what they're used to working with, suggesting the collaboration will allow the platform to take the next step in terms of consistency and reliability, two areas in which it's already said to excel.
Cardiogram itself remains one of the most popular heart health monitoring apps on the market, featuring robust metrics and in-depth analytics powered by machine learning and other artificial intelligence technologies. The app is capable of doing conventional heart rate tracking as well, though its largest selling point comes in the form of an established track record with accurately detecting major health conditions – sleep apnea, diabetes, atrial fibrillation, and hypertension. The studies conducted with Cardiogram's support received acclaim and ended up being published in a wide variety of medical journals, thus drawing significant attention to the app. The Cardiogram Android app can be downloaded by referring to the Google Play Store banner below. The mobile tool has recently been rewritten to work in harmony with the background task restrictions Google introduced with Android 9 Pie, with the app also being fully compatible with devices running Wear OS, a rebranded version of Android Wear. Likewise, an iOS build of the service designed for Apple's iPhones can be downloaded from the App Store.