Samsung has stated that its Galaxy Watch 5 temperature sensor will be used for the first time. For the first time, the business has collaborated with the fertility software Natural Cycles to bring its temperature-based period monitoring technology to a wristwatch. The functionality will be offered in 32 European, North American, and Asian nations.
According to Samsung, Galaxy Watch 5 users will have access to “improved cycle monitoring with the Cycle Tracking function,” which was recently certified by Korea’s equivalent to the FDA. According to The Verge, it will give retroactive ovulation estimations and help users better understand their cycles, similar to Apple’s Watch Series 8.
Natural Cycles has been allowing women to monitor their temperature and menstrual cycle to assess fertility since 2018, and the business claims it is 93% successful at avoiding unplanned births. The FDA and European authorities have previously cleared the software for use on wearables. The technique was tested using Oura rings, but it seems that it has never been deployed on a smartwatch until now.
Temperature measurements are critical for people attempting or avoiding pregnancy since basal body temperature tends to rise somewhat two to three days after peak fertility. Natural Cycles was able to eliminate the requirement for thermometer readings with Oura’s temperature sensors, and it will probably do the same with the Galaxy Watch 5.
The functionality will be incorporated into Samsung’s Health app, eliminating the need for a separate app. It will be available to Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro owners “during the second quarter” in 32 regions, including most of Europe, Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States.