Except that there is nothing in any marketing, anywhere that this feature woudl only be avialable on Samsung phones. The first time we heard this was when the feature was released. It feels really dirty for them to market the watch as "ECG Coming Soon" but then say "ECG is here, but only if you own a Samsung phone".
So it's not at all like buying a PS4 and then complaining that it doesn't play Xbox games.
I don't work for Samsung...Maybe I am just a fanboi, I don't know. With all the competition out there to get ahead, I guess I feel that to compete, I would, as an organization, do what I needed to to get an edge. I have products to sell and I want my organization to be viable.
I don't see anything wrong with this. If I buy an apple product (which I wouldn't), I assume my android items or windows items may not work with it. People making the case that it goes against what android stands for, I feel, should remember that Samsung uses the OS, nowhere does it state that everything that Samsung makes should be open source or open usage across different companies. I can empathize with the frustration.
Oh and for the record...
My personal belief is the dirtiest thing Samsung has done is release a phone Galaxy Note 20 5g Ultra that I own, and my friends abroad have a different processor than I do. Now THAT'S dirty.
Bad example. A better one is pre-ordering a PS5, it eventually arrives but 8k video (ECG) and the GPU (blood pressure) are disabled until a patch is released. The patch comes out but the 8k they advertised is enabled only on Sony monitors, other monitors only get the 720p it shipped with, nobody still has the GPU they advertised, and complaining. lol
I couldn't agree more about the frustrations. I have a OnePlus 8. Android used to be the antithesis of Apple's vertical integration. Doling out the watch's features piecemeal and dependent on which (non Samsung) android you are on is. I feel totally trolled by this watch and this company.
So I think the reason why is because you need to have the Samsung Health Monitor app, which is only available on the Galaxy store. You may be able to find an alternate way of getting it. That's the only reason I can see as to why this would only work on Galaxy phones. The phone itself isn't doing the work...the watch is. So if you can find a way to get the app on a non Samsung phone it should work.