By: TaeJong Jay Yang, Executive Vice President and Head of the Mobile eXperience Business Healthcare R&D Team at Samsung Electronics
Health technology has prioritized continuous exercise, breaking personal records and achieving daily fitness goals. In recent years, we have seen a distinct cultural shift in the way users approach health: people are redefining standards in the field and approach health with a more holistic mindset. It’s not about burning calories and losing pounds, it’s more about understanding their bodies, both physically and mentally, and striving to prioritize what’s most important to them, such as healthy eating, adequate sleep, and exercise.
With this in mind, we continue to build on the Galaxy Watch experience by focusing on one of my top priorities here at Samsung Electronics: providing comprehensive health solutions to our users. For years, we’ve been delivering comprehensive health features that give our users the tools they need to achieve their goals and lead a healthy lifestyle.
We are pleased that Samsung and Google are working together to address this need with a new solution, Health Connect. Just announced at Google I/O, developers can now access a single set of APIs that enable the creation of health and fitness experiences. With the new Health Connect API, users will have a comprehensive set of controls for managing health and fitness data across apps.
Health Connect supports more than 50 types of data, such as exercise and sleep, as well as vital signs, heart rate and blood pressure. To make sure users are in complete control of their data, Health Connect provides centralized privacy controls, making it easy to give permission to apps on the device that you want to share your data with.
This is not just a proof of concept. We work with Google and other partners to realize the full benefits and capabilities of Health Connect. I am happy to confirm that Samsung Health will also adopt Health Connect later this year. With users’ permission, this will allow app developers to take advantage of the accurate and improved data measured on the Galaxy Watch for Samsung Health and use it in their apps as well.
We can’t wait to see how developers use Health Connect to bring comprehensive and tangible health benefits to Galaxy users. This new service is a major step towards enabling consumers to experience the benefits of holistic life.
Although it’s been a busy year for us on the Samsung Health R&D team, I was finally able to share what we’ve been working on, and this is one of my favorite parts of my job. Of course, this is only a small part of all that goes on behind the scenes. We look forward to sharing future updates on software and hardware experiences as we continue to lead the industry with the next generation of wearable devices. Until then, I wish you a happy I/O conference!