Samsung teams up with Calm to provide mental health tools

Many consumer-facing tech firms have all tried their hand at physical health solutions but now Samsung has announced that it’s going to provide mental health tools as part of Samsung Health in collaboration with Calm. The new tools aim to help you zone out of the daily grind with sleep, meditation, and relaxation tools.

Calm currently boasts 40 million downloads with hundreds of thousands of 5-star ratings. Under the new partnership, Samsung Health users will have seamless access to the service. In order to use the features, tap the “Mindfulness” icon in the Samsung Health app and sync or create a new Calm account. With the integration, Calm activities can be accessed through Samsung Health and controlled by the new Galaxy Watch Active too.

Discussing the news, Peter Koo, Corporate SVP and Head of the Health Service Team, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics, said:

“Our work with Calm is going to make it easier than ever for Samsung Health users to practice mindfulness, so they can work towards achieving better overall health. We’re excited to be partnering with Calm, a true innovator in the mindfulness space, to support better mental health for consumers around the world.”

Meanwhile, Alex Will, Chief Strategy Officer at Calm, said:

“Over 100,000 new people are downloading Calm each day, as more people are looking to technology to provide better wellness experiences. We’re excited to work with a global partner like Samsung to bring the very best of Calm to new platforms, and enable millions of users to benefit from lower stress, less anxiety and more restful sleep.”

The new feature will initially arrive on Samsung phones running Android Pie beginning today; this includes the Galaxy S9, S9+, Note9 and the new Galaxy S10 line of phones. The feature is restricted to ten markets, however: Australia, Hong Kong, India, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, U.S., U.K., and Ireland.

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