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Galaxy Watch 5 said to pick up an important and missing health metric

Samsung’s Galaxy Watch line has adopted several health-related features over the past two cycles in an effort to match health tracking trends and keep up with the Apple Watch. The Galaxy Watch 4 had everything from heart rate and SpO2 tracking to sleep monitoring and an EKG feature. For the Galaxy Watch 5, Samsung would add one of the last missing health features.

According to a report by ETNews, Samsung will add a thermometer to track body temperature on the wrist. This is a potentially key metric to track in determining a person’s overall health, or so other fitness companies have convinced us.

For example, companies like Fitbit and WHOOP have been checking wrist temperatures for some time to determine a person’s baseline skin temperature. They then track that skin temperature, looking for variations that could predict things, like someone getting sick, the start of the menstrual cycle, stress levels and general well-being. Samsung will likely try to accomplish similar things on a Galaxy Watch 5.

Samsung and Apple have apparently delayed adding temperature tracking to their smartwatches because the technology would be finicky or not so accurate. Samsung has reportedly developed technology that could solve this problem.

Today’s report says to expect the Galaxy Watch 5 this summer. I imagine it will be scheduled to launch with a Galaxy Z Fold 4 in August, assuming we get another one.