The Mi Health app has received a new update that brings heart rate monitoring support to phones. The update comes with version number 2.7.4 and will reportedly reach all Mi Health app users in the coming days.
The Mi Health app was launched in 2019, and was available for specific MIUI users only. The app only had a few fitness tracking features, along with sleep monitoring and menstrual cycle tracking, but there was no heart rate monitoring.
According to reports, the feature will use the phone camera to measure the heart rate data. There is a new Heart Rate section inside the app and it has a red icon at the bottom right of the screen. Tapping on it will start the heart rate monitoring. The screen will instruct users to block the camera and flash on the phone with a finger. Once done, the phone will begin measuring the heart rate. Users will have to keep blocking the camera and flash till the screen does not reflect that the detection has been completed.
The app then asks the ‘state of the user’ in terms of whether they are in a general state, resting state, or have just exercised. After selecting the option and pressing the ‘View Report’ button, a test report will be displayed on the screen that will include the heart rate and a graphic that will advise on whether the heart rate is optimal, slow, or fast.
The app update has also brought in a new dashboard that collates data over a period of time to allow users to keep track on their heart health. However, currently the app is not available on Google Play Store and is listed only on a few MIUI-running devices.