Google plans to introduce heart rate as well as respiratory rate trackers for Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6 Pro, according to reports. The feature may be availed via the Google Fit app, and will require access to the rear as well as front cameras of the phones in order to function. This is not a new feature and was available in older models such as Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a. However, this feature had been discontinued in the latest models released by the company. The health tracking features were rolled out within weeks of Google launching the devices.
The heart rate tracker utilizes the rear cameras of Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6 Pro in order to track the color changes of the fingers of their users. Meanwhile, the respiratory rate tracker uses the front camera. Users face the front camera with their upper body visible, and breathe on camera, in order to track their respiratory rate. Users may have concerns on how accurate these trackers are. However, prior models with this feature, such as Google Pixel5 and Google Pixel 4a, have consistently delivered reasonably accurate results.
While Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will have a new health tracking feature associated with the Google Fit app, the devices themselves do not possess dedicated sensors to measure heart rate or respiratory patterns of users. Although the feature, when available on older models, has been consistently accurate, users might need to follow certain instructions for optimal results. For instance, proper lighting will be necessary in order to determine the color change of users’ fingerprints to monitor heart rate, and more importantly, in order to use the front camera to monitor respiratory rate. Moreover, users have reported that the Google Fit application has disabled the flashlight button on their Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro devices. Users have also reported other issues with their Pixel 6, such as trouble with the fingerprint sensors.