S Health updated, Galaxy S5 heart rate sensor can now check your stress levels

by: Andrew GrushMay 26, 2014


When the Galaxy S5 debuted back at MWC, one of the more curious features was the heart rate sensor. Considering the limited use-case scenarios when built into a phone, the HR sensor seemed like an odd inclusion for the Galaxy S5 and more of a novelty than anything.

For those looking for to do something a bit more useful with your heart rate information, Samsung is now bringing out an update to the S Health app that adds the ability to check your stress levels using the sensor. Okay, this is probably still more of a gimmick than something you’d find genuinely useful, but it’s still pretty cool.

In addition to a basic reading, the S Health app can now even create a chart that shows stress levels on an hourly, daily or monthly basis. Of course Samsung cautions that its stress tester is more for fun than anything, and says that its results aren’t meant for “clinical or medical use”. Still, if you find yourself constantly swinging to the right with the stress tester, it probably wouldn’t hurt to at least consult a doctor, or maybe take a vacation.

What do you think of the HR sensor on the Galaxy S5, anyone out there find themselves using it regularly or do you feel it’s nothing more than ‘wasted hardware’?

  • Luka Mlinar

    Oh man, my grandmother would love this new feature. She’s 80 BTW :)

  • Khai Adlan

    Oh man. Not again.

  • Dave

    i used the heart rate monitor about 2 or 3 times and that is it and probally never again or on the rate occasion when i want to check it after a bike bike ride or run.

  • MavDKM

    It better be accurate or it will be the reason for users’ stress.

  • Samir Xhaferi

    How to get this update ?

  • nik1988

    just tried it out and apparently i’m only 4 percent stressed. How it works out my stress levels based only on my heart rate I’ll never know. Science!

  • phantomsofthedesert

    Personally I have not even used it and probably wont. In a race to put features in phones to out do each other this really is a waist of space in a good phone. Better battery management would be an awesome this. perhaps the rear case to incorporate solar cells just to keep your phone on charge. of course controlled in setting so as not to always be on. now that’s what I’m talking about. Samsung

  • Rafael Sanabria

    I don’t have this update