September 23, 2014
At Health 2.0, Samsung Electronics President and Chief Strategy Officer Young Sohn's presence, may have said more about Samsung's health agenda than anything he said during a 20-minute onstage interview with Health 2.0's Indu Subaiya. According to Subaiya, this was Sohn's first appearance at a healthcare-focused technology conference, and it demonstrated a serious and growing commitment to the...
July 29, 2014
Naperville, Illinois-based PhysIQ raised $4.6 million in a round led by LionBird for its digital health analytics platform. This brings the company's total funding to $5.6 million.
"What we're bringing to market is a personalized analytics approach to monitoring physiology," PhysIQ CEO Gary Conkright told MobiHealthNews. "Rather than comparing physiological measurements to group population norms...
July 16, 2014
Samsung might partner with Under Armour to market Samsung's wearable health devices, according to a report from Yonhap News. The report also suggests Samsung and Under Armour are pursuing this partnership to counter Apple's relationship with Nike, which has been going strong for a few years now.
Nike and Apple's relationship was highlighted recently when the smartphone maker announced that Nike+...
July 14, 2014
San Francisco-based workout training app developer Skimble announced this week that the company’s flagship app, called Workout Trainer, will be highlighted on all new Samsung Galaxy S5 and Tab S devices. The company also announced Workout Trainer has reached 14 million downloads. (Correction: Originally this article incorrectly stated the app would be preloaded on certain Samsung devices.)
July 2, 2014
Microsoft's rumored smartwatch is said to look like a thinner Nike+ FuelBand
Microsoft plans to release its own smartwatch with 11 sensors as soon as October, according to tech news site Tom's Hardware. Tom's Hardware received its information from an unidentified source.
The report from Tom's Hardware explains that the Microsoft smartwatch is using chips from Texas Instruments and Atmel. The...
June 24, 2014
Samsung Galaxy S5
This Friday, Samsung is launching a new version of its latest smartphone, called the Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport. The new phone was developed in partnership with Sprint and MapMyFitness, which was acquired by Under Armour for $150 million last year.
Samsung added a textured shell to the Galaxy S5 Sport so that users might benefit from the added grip. The phone will also be dust...
May 29, 2014
The wearables market, including activity trackers, smart watches, and head-worn displays, is expected to ship 48 million units in 2014 and 91 million in 2015, but after that, the market is expected to slow down for one or two years "as consumers rebound from the initial hype", according to a report from the NPD Group.
“We expect that the dynamics of the wearables market will be similar to DVD,...
May 28, 2014
Samsung and Cigna, which signed a partnership agreement last fall, have launched their first joint product, a feature on Samsung's S Health app called Coach by Cigna, which will launch exclusively on the Galaxy S5. The platform is being launched in 36 countries and 26 languages.
The software, which Cigna describes as a "digital health guidance system," will incorporate health information ...
May 27, 2014
With a recent software update, Samsung has given customers a new way to use the Galaxy S5's built-in optical heart rate sensor: to detect stress. In a new update -- first reported by Samsung-focused news site SammyHub -- users can not only check their stress level, but map it out on an hourly, daily, or monthly graph.
The Galaxy S5's heart rate sensor requires the user to put their fingertip on...
March 20, 2014
South Korea’s health regulatory agency, the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS), announced that Samsung does not need to clear the Galaxy S5, which includes a heart rate sensor, as a medical device, according to a report from Engadget.
The ministry will also adjust the regulatory framework in South Korea to accommodate fitness devices, because the ministry currently regulates any device that...