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Google has rolled out two new functions to the Google Fit health management software for Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro users. This allows users to get some “smartwatch functions” without wearing a smartwatch. The new update allows Google Pixel 6 series users to use the smartphone’s rear camera to detect the user’s heart rate. Furthermore, users can also use the front camera to detect the user’s chest condition to obtain the user’s breathing rate. 

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The heart rate detection function is achieved by using the cameras of Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro to recognize subtle changes on the user’s index finger. The new version of Google Fit can use these data to recognize the user’s heart. Also, within a few seconds, it can get the user’s specific heart rate value.

GOOGLE PIXEL 6 SERIES NOW SUPPORTS HEART RATE AND BREATHING RATE DETECTION

How To Use Google Pixel 6 / 6 Pro To Measure Heart Rate

If users want to use this feature, here are a few steps

  • Open the new version of Google Fit
  • Swipe down from the health information area at the top of the page to the “Discover” area
  • Find the “Check Heart Rate” function card
  • Click the “Start” button on the card
  • Place your index finger on the rear camera to start heart rate monitoring.

The respiratory rate detection function uses the front camera of the mobile phone to detect the ups and downs of the user’s chest cavity to obtain the result of the detection value. It is important to note that these features are not fully available for now.

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The two functions are marked as “early experience” on some users’ mobile phones. As far as accuracy is concerned, there are claims that it is quite accurate. There are reports that the accuracy of the heart rate detection function is very high, and in a darker place, the final result will have a deviation of about 30 bpm. Obviously, these features will need more specific tests to ascertain their accuracy.

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