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Older devices are getting the sleep apnea feature before the Galaxy Watch7 officially debuts

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Samsung is expected to debut the Galaxy Watch7 and Galaxy Watch Ultra, along with the Galaxy Z Flip6, Galaxy Z Fold6, Galaxy Buds3 and Galaxy Ring. We already know a lot about the Galaxy Watch7 and Galaxy Watch Ultra including their design, features, specifications, etc.

Earlier this year, Samsung received FDA approval for sleep apnea ID, which is a first for any consumer smartwatch. Now, on the launch day of the Galaxy Watch7 and Galaxy Watch Ultra, older Galaxy Watch users have reportedly started getting the sleep apnea feature.

A Reddit user Enjinr has shared some screenshots showing the sleep apnea feature after installing the latest update to the Samsung Health Monitor app. The user also noted that they are enrolled in the Samsung One UI Watch 6 beta program, which is available for the Galaxy Watch4, Galaxy Watch5, and Galaxy Watch6 series.

This means that the latest sleep apnea feature is not available on Galaxy Watches running One UI 5 Watch. According to the screenshots shared by the user, to use the feature, a user needs to wear their watch while sleeping for two nights.

During this time, the watch will track the user’s sleep for at least four hours each night, monitoring drops in blood oxygen levels. After two nights, the sleep apnea feature will automatically turn off and offer the user the result, which includes details on the likelihood of moderate to severe sleep apnea.

The user also noted that there are several additional technical requirements for the sleep apnea feature. This includes:

  • Minimum watch support: Galaxy Watch 4
  • Minimum Wear OS: Wear OS 5.0 (One UI 6)
  • Minimum phone operating system: Android 9

The Galaxy Watch7 and Galaxy Watch Ultra are expected to come with the latest sleep apnea feature out of the box as they require One UI 6 Watch, which is what the two upcoming smartwatches are expected to come equipped with.

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