Samsung’s press release The feature, according to the company, will allow users to “more detailed insight” in their cycles, however it is not clear what the insights are. Advanced period tracking Digital fertility features can come in many forms. Apple, for instance uses its temperature sensors in the Apple Watch Series 8 or Ultra. to give menstruating users retrospective ovulation estimates. However, it doesn’t use that temperature data to Provide future predictions of ovulation. The Oura Ring was introduced in the opposite direction. temperature-based The smart ring Gen 3 offers period prediction. Garmin and other wearable companies offer period predictions. And pregnancy tracking.

If asked, The Verge to clarify the new features in this integration, Samsung said that it’s primarily to help people view their cycles in an easy, convenient, and holistic way — which includes retrospective ovulation estimates and period predictions.

Samsung has added infrared temperature sensor to Galaxy Watch 5 series but this is the first feature to Use them.
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Samsung also provided some practical details about the feature: Galaxy Watch 5 or Watch 5 Pro owners won’t have to Get a different app to It’s easy to access. Instead, it’ll be part of the Samsung Health app. This is compatible with past Samsung integrations of apps such as Calm And Sleep Cycle to It will help to flesh out its mindfulness, sleep and other offerings.

The company also noted the feature has received approval from South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, complies with Europe’s CE marking requirements, and is registered with the FDA. FDA registration isn’t the same thing as clearance or approval. It only means that the product has been registered in the FDA’s database. However, it is valid for a period of time. Natural Cycles’ algorithm has received FDA clearance, Samsung only needs to Register the Watch 5 Pro and Watch 5 Pro to be supported devices. This feature will become available in 32 countriesThe US in Q2 2023.

It might seem like Samsung’s lagging behind Apple and Oura in this area, but it’s a marked improvement when you consider it took the company until 2020 to add Basic period tracking. Fitbit was first to offer this feature. to add Period tracking In 2018, Apple was followed closely by Apple Garmin 2019 Conversely, temperature-based Period tracking on wearables isn’t a widespread feature just yet. Samsung is able to do this because to roll something out less than six months after Apple — that’s progress.