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With the Galaxy S8 launch comes a slew of Samsung Health updates

Samsung Health

In addition to its many features and attractions, the Samsung Galaxy S8 comes with enhanced Samsung Health service.

Samsung Health currently has over 60 million monthly active users and 11 million daily active users around the world. The upgrades will improve on tele-health features, personal coaching, social capabilities and fitness assistance. However, the tele-health features are currently only available in certain countries.

Users will now be able to manage their personal health goals using fitness and food trackers, compete with their friends on a leaderboard and in one on one ‘steps’ challenges, and eventually get rewarded for living healthy lives through Samsung Rewards.

One of the most intriguing new features of Samsung Health is the tele-health service Ask and Expert, which allows users to easily contact a board-certified doctor at anytime. Without insurance coverage, users will pay $59 per visit, and could be less if employers cover tele-health services. This service will only be available in select countries at launch, including China, Korea and the U.S.

While this specific feature is sparely available at launch, likely due to the partnerships required with insurance companies, availability varying by location in the future.

Samsung Health, also known as S Health to fans of the South Korean tech giant, was launched in 2012 with the Galaxy S3. MobileSyrup previously reported that the Galaxy S8 would launch with a new and improved version of the popular fitness app, including the ability to book video doctor appointments.

Other than “Ask and Expert,” updates to Samsung Health will likely come to Canada.

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