Fitness and mobile health tracking has certainly emerged as a dominant trend this year. Some flagships from major smartphone manufacturers have new features that cater to just that. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is a good example. This smartphone has a heart rate sensor embedded in the back right underneath the camera. Users can simply place a finger on it to find out their heart rate. Now they can use the same sensor to check stress level as well.

This is actually made possible through an update for the native Samsung S Health application. Samsung has truly positioned this application as a one stop destination for all of the user’s fitness and health tracking needs. So it makes perfect sense why it would add new features to it.

Checking stress level using the Galaxy S5’s heart rate sensor is very easy. Fire up the S Health application and native to the Stress section. When the device prompts place a finger on the heart rate sensor. It will then show the result and let the user know if their stress level is low, high or somewhere in the middle.

Samsung is right to point out that this measurement should not be considered for clinical or medical use. However if someone ever finds their stress level to the extreme right they might want to cool off a bit and maybe even contact a real doctor.

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Samsung Galaxy S5
1920x1080 Super AMOLED
Price (approximative)
~$380 - Amazon
16 MP
F2.2 Aperture Size
Image Stabilization
145 g
2800 mAh
Removable Battery
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Snapdragon 801 + MicroSD
Storage (GB)
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