LG has received an FDA 510(k) clearance something called “LG Smarthealth,” which sounds like competing service to Samsung’s S Health. The filing was classified under “Transmitters And Receivers, Physiological Signal, Radiofrequency”, a common category for mHealth offerings, and was listed under the cardiovascular medical specialty, hinting the app has something to do with heart rate tracking.
LG’s G3 flagship device G3 comes with preloaded LG Health app that provides activity and calorie tracking capabilities. The company’s next year’s device may take a step forward and integrate heart rate monitor, which is already found in few Samsung handsets.
Mobile apps aside, LG has recently revealed two fitness tracking gadgets, including the LifeBand Touch smartband, and Heart Rate Earphones that use Valencell’s technology to track one’s heart beats.
Next year, we expect many of the major handset makers to join the mHealth market. Xiaomi has secured a stake in device maker iHealth, Samsung has its own devices and platforms, and there’s also Apple with its HealthKit platform, the Health app and forthcoming Apple Watch.