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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’?

Andrew Grush
Andrew is dedicated to reporting on the latest developments in the world of Android, and is very passionate about mobile technology and technological innovation in general. While he appreciates Android in all of its forms, he prefers a clean stock experience when possible and currently rocks a Nexus 5. Andrew also loves to engage with his readers, and welcomes well-thought-out conversations and responses in the comments section!
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