Health app providers have long been able to include medical tools into their apps, but they’re all about adding functionality rather than giving consumers any sort of direct control.
This new trend has led to a new kind of “medical” button that pops up in the top right corner of the app, giving users direct access to tools that would normally be hidden away in the settings menu.
The trend started with the launch of the popular Samsung Health app in 2014, which included a “medical check” that offered users quick access to a number of popular medical tools.
The feature was eventually removed, but it served as a reminder that health care professionals are a part of the consumer base, and users should be comfortable interacting with them.
However, that’s not the case for the most recent crop of apps, which include the likes of Samsung Care, Google Health, Microsoft Health, and Apple Health, to name a few.
These apps have also added an option to make the “medical look like” button pop up when users tap it, so users can actually use it.
The problem is that the “health” button is no longer there, and the feature has been removed.
According to a report from Polygon , the new “medical care” feature was added as a way to bring back the old Samsung Health button in the upcoming Galaxy S8, which was recently announced.
As a result, the new feature will now only work for apps that support it.
Google and Samsung are among the largest health apps in the world, but Microsoft Health and Apple Care are still popular.
Microsoft is currently the leader in the US health care market, with about 4 million users, while Apple has around one million users.
The Health app for Samsung phones also features a “health check” option, but Google has long been using that as a default option, and has added it to its other health apps like HealthKit and HealthKit Plus.
While Samsung Health still exists, the feature hasn’t been removed in the Samsung apps yet, and is likely to remain a hidden option until Samsung launches its new flagship device, the Galaxy S9.
Google is also planning to add the “medicare” feature to its apps, and Microsoft and Microsoft Health have already announced plans to do so.
It remains to be seen if Google and Microsoft will also add a “medically related” option to their apps as well, or if their users will have to search through the list of available tools.