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The Withings Health Mate 6.0 update: More than just a facelift

The landscape of health-focused wearables is ever-changing, and Withings is not one to be left behind. The company’s iOS and Android apps have received an update. But improvements to Health Mate are more than just a facelift. Withings says the “app is receiving the most substantial update so far!” Let’s unpack what this means for you.

The heart of the update: ScanWatch 2 support

Before diving into the app’s new features, it’s crucial to understand its symbiotic relationship with Withings’ latest hardware, the ScanWatch 2. This isn’t just another smartwatch; it’s a health monitoring powerhouse.

With a 30-day battery life and a stainless steel build, the ScanWatch 2 offers continuous body temperature monitoring—a feature developed in collaboration with a Swiss technology company, GreenTEG. It’s also awaiting approval for its blood oxygen function, a feature that could further solidify its position as a comprehensive health tracker. Beyond that it offers all the goodies of the first generation device.

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Now, why is this relevant to the Health Mate 6.0 update? Because the app is the gateway to understanding and utilizing these advanced metrics. The ScanWatch 2 and the updated smartphone app are two pieces of a puzzle that, when combined, offer a holistic view of your health.

Withings+: A subscription for the detail-oriented

The update makes Withings+ available to users of all of the company’s devices. So its no longer bundled only with the new scales. This subscription service dives deeper into your health data, offering insights that could be the difference between general awareness and actionable knowledge.

One of its standout features is the Health Improvement Score, a numerical representation of your overall health that ranges on a scale between 1 and 100. It also provides sub-scores that break down how the overall score is composed.

Metabolic metrics and more

The app now provides insights into your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) and Metabolic Age. While these terms might sound like jargon, they’re crucial for anyone serious about understanding their body’s energy expenditure. These metrics can guide you in tailoring your diet and exercise routines for optimal results.

The app hasn’t just received a backend upgrade; it’s also more pleasing to the eye and easier to navigate. With new iconography and a streamlined interface, the user experience is more cohesive. It’s not just about looking good; it’s about making the intricate world of health metrics more accessible. Finally, the notification centre has received a revamp. It now utilises ‘stacked’ graphic cards.

The future is here: Body Scan Scale available in the US

There’s more Withings-related news.

For those in the U.S. eagerly waiting for Body Scan scale, the wait is over. Available in the UK and EU since the end of last year, this advanced scale will hit the American marketplace on September 26th.

This scale goes way beyond simple weight measurements. For example, it can assess nerve activity, monitor segmental body composition and even detect Afib. It is by far the most advanced smart scale in existence. Check it out on the company’s website.

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Ivan Jovin

Ivan has been a tech journalist for over 7 years now, covering all kinds of technology issues. He is the guy who gets to dive deep into the latest wearable tech news.

One thought on “The Withings Health Mate 6.0 update: More than just a facelift

  • This latest version introduces Withings+ by filling the top of EVERY page with a large Withings+ advert (that can’t be removed). This ruins the interface for me and for most users as can be seen by the almost 100% negative comments on Google Play store.


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