ANT Radio Service
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*[use of ANT technology requires a supported phone or an adapter, see hardware requirements below]
One of the largest uses of ANT is the ANT+ network of devices. ANT+ is an established set of defined communication profiles which allows communication with many of the top sport, fitness and personal health applications such as a heart rate straps, running foot pods, cycling power meters, weight scales, blood pressure monitors and more. ANT+ enabled applications typically also require downloading the ANT+ Plugins http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dsi.ant.plugins.antplus.
To learn more about:
-ANT and ANT+ http://www.thisisant.com
-ANT on Android http://www.thisisant.com/consumer/ant-101/ant-in-phones/
-Devices which support ANT http://www.thisisant.com/directory
-Developing ANT-enabled apps http://www.thisisant.com/developer/ant/ant-in-android/
Some popular apps enhanced with ANT+:
-Run.GPS Trainer UV
-IpBike, IpWatts, IpPeloton, IpSmartHr
For detailed requirements visit http://www.thisisant.com/consumer/ant-101/ant-in-phones/
You will need one of the following hardware configurations to connect ANT+ devices:
1.A device with native ANT support. Many models of phones include built-in ANT technology including models from Samsung, HTC, Motorola, and Sony/Sony Ericsson (for an official list of models visit http://www.thisisant.com/consumer/ant-101/ant-in-phones/).
2.An Android device with the USB Host feature (optional in Android 3.1 and up) and an ANT USB Stick (ANTUSB2 or ANTUSB-m) through a USB OTG cable or host A port. Requires the ANT USB Service.
3.An Android device with the USB Accessory feature (optional in Android 2.3.4 and up) and an ANT Android USB Accessory, such as a SelfLoops ANT adapter.
Why is this pre-installed on my phone?
This service is pre-installed as a system application on phones that provide built-in ANT wireless support to help enable the full feature set of your phone. This is comparable to other system applications such as WiFi, Bluetooth, Camera, Contacts, Phone, etc. except with the added benefit of it being updatable to the latest version without a firmware update. In the pre-installed scenario, Android will not let you uninstall the service as it is considered a "system app”. However, even if you don't plan on using ANT, you should know that the ANT Radio Service takes up very little space and will only run if it is invoked by an application.
Why does this need the ‘Network communication- Full Internet access’ permission?
The ANT Radio Service will never download or upload any data over the internet. This permission is only required because it is possible to install the ANT Radio Service on an Android Emulator (ie: for development purposes) in which case it requires access to internet sockets to communicate with an ANT USB Stick on the host Windows PC using the ANT Android Emulator Tools. This communication requires the INTERNET permission but only communicates with the local PC.
Why does this need the ‘System tools- Modify global system settings’ permission?
This allows initialization of whether ANT should be turned off or kept on when Airplane mode is entered.
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We are regularly updating this service so app developers have access to the latest ultra-low-power wireless communication features.
- More bug fixes and stability improvements.
- Better handle switching ANT between multiple applications if required.
- Give apps access to power saving features
- Support new SDK, allowing multiple co-existing applications which use it.
- 'ANT+ Plugins' download available, providing communication to ANT+ devices from any apps which use it