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Galaxy Watch update will make health tracking more reliable for users with tattooed wrists later this year

The BioActive sensor on Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 5 has reached an impressive level of advancement, enabling accurate and dependable monitoring of health data and fitness activities in various aspects. However, it appears that almost all smartwatches, regardless of the brand, encounter challenges when it comes to gathering health and fitness information from wrists adorned with tattoos.

When a Galaxy Watch is worn on a tattooed wrist, the ink can interfere with the sensors and the watch might not realize that it is in fact being worn, which in turn doesn’t activate the fitness and health sensors.


This problem seems to affect most, if not all, smartwatches, including those made by Apple. However, the good news is that Samsung is actively developing a solution to address this issue.

On the official forums, the Samsung Community moderator responsible for the Galaxy Wear app recently shared a reply to a user inquiry, revealing that the Samsung developers are currently engaged in enhancing the wearing detection functionality for individuals who have tattoos on their wrists.

According to the Samsung moderator the update will be released in the second half of 2023. Judging by this vague timeframe, the feature could be a part of the upcoming One UI Watch 5 and Wear OS 4 updates. The latter is supposed to debut on the upcoming Galaxy Watch 6 series and later be rolled out for the Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 5 lineups after the Unpacked event. The latter should be hosted in Korea on July 27.





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