The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 was launched last month. One of the key highlights of the new wearable over its predecessor, the Galaxy Watch 2, is the support for ECG monitoring. However, there is a catch with ECG. In most countries, including the US, the brands must gain separate permission to let their devices monitor ECG. Samsung just activated the feature on the Galaxy Watch 3 series and even the Watch Active 2 in the US.

However, all is not good. Samsung has, at least for now, blocked the use of the feature only to users who own a Samsung Galaxy Smartphone running Android 7 or above. This means that if you pair your newly purchased Galaxy Watch 3 with another non-Samsung phone, even if it is an expensive flagship device running the latest Android 10, you will not be able to use the ECG feature. This is quite a bad move on Samsung’s part, and without an explanation will likely attract some backlash.

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That being said, recording the heart rhythm on the Samsung Health Monitor app is pretty easy. All users need to do is rest their arms on a flat surface and place their fingers on the top button of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3. Once you have done this, Samsung’s Health Monitor app allows you to send a PDF report of your ECG along with relevant symptoms like dizziness or fatigue.

In other news, Samsung is expected to debut its new F series of smartphones in India on October 8. The announcement comes from a Flipkart teaser that also gives out a few features of the F41. The device will be launched via an online event at 5:30 pm and will go on sale via Flipkart. The limited set of revealed features hint at this being a reworked Galaxy M31 at possibly a lower price. Samsung is yet to reveal more on this one officially.

The Galaxy F has been long rumored to be a camera-centric series of affordable smartphones. The Galaxy F41 is the first in the series and it expresses its intention of being a photographer’s choice from the teaser. The phone features a triple rear camera setup with a 2020-ish rectangular camera hump design. There’s even a rear-mounted capacitive fingerprint sensor while the rear appears to be made of plastic.

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