Samsung today unveils a brand-new Group Challenge feature in the Samsung Health app so you can now open a 10-people-friendly health competition and see who can move the really far or the fastest. This will be available on Galaxy phones and tablets running Android M or above version, and Galaxy smartwatches and fitness trackers.
From January 12, 2021, Galaxy users can simply create a challenge in the ‘Together’ tab in the Samsung Health app to see either who can take the most steps in a specified period of time; or who can be the first to complete a certain number of steps. You can then invite up to 9 friends to join once a challenge is created, even if they are not current Samsung Health users. Before you get this feature make sure you have installed the latest version of the Samsung Health app which will be released on the Samsung Galaxy Store or on the Google Play Store on January 12, 2021.
Group Challenge is the latest extension of the Samsung Health Challenge features, which allows you to access the Samsung Health app through the Together tab at the bottom. The most popular form of challenge, Global Challenge, allows you to enter monthly step count competitions against all users of Samsung Health around the world.
Samsung also launched a 1:1 challenge, allowing you to invite one of your close friends or family members to partner with you to accomplish your goals for the move count. And now, the 1:1 Challenge has become the Group Challenge.
Although you still have the option of having a one-on-one competition, you can now invite 1 to 9 of your friends anywhere so that you can work out and keep each other inspired, even when you’re apart, to reach your fitness goals. You can also create several group competitions so that you can play with family, friends, and colleagues at the same time.
Samsung Health has grown into robust health, wellness, and fitness app, with a wide range of features, ranging from interactive exercises and mindfulness videos to the ability to monitor sleep cycles, heart rate, and blood pressure, since its launch in 2012 as a simple fitness tracker.
In 2020, Samsung Health was used by more than 200 million individuals worldwide. And Samsung Health users burned almost 3 billion calories in the past year alone, and took around 78 trillion steps together, the equivalent of walking 200 times from the planet to the sun and back.
“In our fast-paced world – particularly in these times – achieving a healthy lifestyle isn’t always easy,” said TaeJong Jay Yang, Corporate SVP and Head of the Health Team, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics. “That’s why we are continuously improving Samsung Health and adding more capabilities to give the users even more ways to stay healthy, wherever, whenever.”