The ANT protocol is a patented wireless sensor network technology that's used on several connected devices, from smartphones to onboard vehicle computers. ANT+ is an interoperability function that can be added to this protocol.
It's a service that allows mobile devices to connect to servers to monitor the activity of fitness, workout, and sports applications in general, as well as those that measure different aspects of our health, such as our heartbeat, for instance.
A service to improve the connectivity of your apps
And this is the APK of ANT Radio Service for Android, the service that works in the background on this operating system and that runs automatically each time an app requires this protocol to use the wireless access to any of its functions. These are some of the apps that use this service:
- Samsung S Health.
- Garmin Fit.
- SportsTracker by STL.
- My Tracks.
- Run.GPS Trainer UV.
No threats to the user's privacy.
You can access its permissions and options through your Android's settings menu, although we can already tell you that it's a function that doesn't download data from the Internet and doesn't share any information about your device, so there's no need to worry about rumors that say that it's an app that violates the user's privacy.
This protocol has been designed by the ANT+ Alliance, an organization founded by Dynastream Innovations Inc., a subsidiary of Garmin that back in 2010 already had over 300 members, including the latter as well as Sony Ericsson, Texas Instruments, Trek or Timex.