Google announced a couple of weeks ago, Google announced the Fit for Android which is meant to help measure heart rate and respiratory rate of an individual using their smartphones. The search giant has now confirmed this new feature but will be released on its Pixel smartphones starting from next week according to new reports.
Google has clarified that these measurements are “not intended for medical purposes.” It’s functionality is quite unique and the company says that it provides a convenient way to “track and improve day-to-day wellness.”
The feature will be made possible via the Pixel phone’s camera which will be used in monitoring the user’s heart rate by tracking the color change as blood moves through the fingertips.
As for the respiratory rate monitor, it’ll be able to track the rise and fall of the user’s chest. Flash might be required in cases of low light to get a better oversight.
According to the report, the calculation for these two metrics happens in real-time and will be done entire by the user’s device without the need for any third-party device.
Google in fact promised that none of the information gotten will be uploaded to its Cloud system which mean every data is a property of the user stored locally right there on their Pixel phones.
After every measurement, it asks if the user wants to store the result for long-term graphing which can be used in a medical examination in case of a professional consultation at the hospital.
The feature works quite similarly to what we’ve seen on some Samsung Galaxy smartphones such as the Galaxy S10 until the company removed the feature from its Galaxy S20 series and S10E. Even the recently announced S21 series doesn’t have the feature any longer.
As noted, the feature will start rolling to the users of Pixel smartphones from Monday and the company has said that more Android devices will be getting it in the future.