Samsung S Health for Galaxy S III goes live

Samsung has launched its S Health app for the Galaxy S III, allowing the Android smartphone to connect to select health readers and sensors and track glucose levels, blood pressure and more. Revealed at the Galaxy S III launch in May, where we grabbed a little hands-on time, S Health currently works with five different devices and can also be used with manually-inputted data, building up a log of physical fitness.

Connectivity is either via USB or Bluetooth, depending on external device, and the app supports blood glucose measurements, blood pressure tracking, and body composition. It's also possible to augment that data with manually-entered diet, exercise, medication intake, and other information.

Samsung expects the app to be used not only by those with medical conditions such as diabetes, but anyone who wants to maintain a record of their health and perhaps target a weight-loss goal. Just in case you've always wanted to tell the world about your physical fitness, you can hook it up to social networks including Twitter and tweet out updates.

At launch, S Health works with the Lifescan Blood Glucose Meter (aka the OneTouch UltraMini/UltraEasy Blood Glucose Meter in the US) via USB, and the OMRON Blood Pressure Monitor (HEM-7081-IT), OMRON Body Composition Monitor (HBF-206-IT), A&D Blood Pressure Monitor (UA-767PBT-C) and A&D Body Composition Monitor (UA-321PBT-C) via Bluetooth.

The S Health app itself is a free download from the Samsung "More Services"  app on the Galaxy S III itself.