In the end, it’s possible that the Galaxy Watch 5 won’t measure body temperature.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 delivers one of the most comprehensive experiences for tracking fitness and health in the Wear OS universe. It was anticipated earlier this year that the Galaxy Watch 5 will expand on that package by measuring body temperature, but it now appears that may not be the case.

SAMSUNG SEEMS TO BE HAVING PROBLEMS WITH BODY TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENTS, JUST LIKE APPLE. Body temperature measures will not be included in the Galaxy Watch 5 when it launches later this year, according to Ming-Chi Kuo . Samsung is having trouble integrating them into the device.

Samsung was claimed to have been going to release the feature in part because of the effect COVID-19 has had on wearables when it was first reported earlier this year that Samsung was planning to do so. According to that claim, Samsung has been attempting to implement the feature for some time but has encountered challenges related to external sources of temperature variations.

According to Kuo, the root of Samsung’s issue is probably the algorithms required to accurately identify body/skin temperature apart from those external influences. Similar issues are being faced by Apple as well, although Kuo thinks the Apple Watch Series 8 might be able to handle the feature—but only if the algorithm satisfies Apple’s stringent standards. In this case, Apple’s slightly later release window—Series 7 debuted in October of last year, while the Galaxy Watch 5 is anticipated to go on sale in August—could give it the advantage.

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