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Samsung Health connected services to be discontinued

  • Samsung will release a large update for Samsung Health on September 1.
  • The update will remove connected services, which allows you to sync your Samsung Health data with other apps.
  • Samsung will also remove UV tracking and temperature and humidity tracking.

Usually, when a company updates one of its apps, it adds additional features or tweaks the functionality of existing features to enhance the user experience.

However, a major update to Samsung Health is coming on September 1, via SamMobile, and it looks like Samsung will actually be removing a lot of features from the app – some of which you might depend on.

The biggest feature removal will be integration with third-party apps, which Samsung refers to as “connected services.” As of right now, you can sync up Samsung Health data with other health-related apps like Google Fit, Strava, Misfit, Garmin, Fitbit, Jawbone, etc. On September 1 that third-party integration will no longer work with any apps except for Strava, which Samsung will continue to support.

But, for any of you out there who sync Samsung Health to any other app, you’re out of luck come September.

The other two features Samsung will remove from Samsung Health are UV tracking and temperature and humidity tracking. Not only will the features get removed, but all your UV tracking data will be removed as well.

Luckily, Samsung is giving users the option to backup data related to those removed features. Just perform a backup in Samsung Health when you see the notification related to this news.

The removal of these tools – especially connected services – will make Samsung Health a much more limited app. If you own a fitness tracker or smartwatch from any other brand, using Samsung Health won’t be nearly as useful as it once was.

Why Samsung is making this move is anyone’s guess, but it’s likely to force users to stay within the Samsung ecosystem when it comes to peripherals like fitness trackers. With Google poised to release its own smartwatch in October, Samsung could face some big competition.

Did you use these features within Samsung Health? If so, what will you do come September? Let us know in the comments.

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