Samsung Galaxy S4 Adds ANT+ SupportDate: 4/12/2013
Now in flagship products from Samsung and Sony.
Cochrane, Alberta – December 4, 2013 – ANT Wireless, proven innovator in ultra low power (ULP) wireless technology, today announces that the Samsung flagship product, the Galaxy S4, includes native ANT+ support with the S4 Android 4.3 firmware upgrade. This ANT+ connectivity also supports the Samsung S Health app and links more than 40 million Galaxy S4 consumers to the millions of available ANT+ health, sport and fitness devices. With a distinct focus on monitoring health and a premium user experience, the Galaxy S4 brings leading ANT+ features and function to their market base.
“Consumers of the world’s largest phone manufacturer now have even more access to health and sport accessories,” stated Rod Morris, VP, ANT Wireless. “ANT+ immediately delivers to Samsung’s S Health app a vast selection of sensors developed by best-in-class manufacturers. The ease, expandability and reliability of these devices integrate well with Samsung’s commitment to their consumers’ well-being. We’re excited to be a part of it all.”
Setting the standards in wireless monitoring almost ten years ago, ANT+ is the wireless communication link that facilitates interoperability between certified devices. With Samsung’s S Health app, an ANT+ enabled Tanita weight scale, for example, will seamlessly transfer data to the Galaxy S4 or Note 3 as will an ANT+ enabled Garmin heart rate monitor.
Together with the Note 3, these Samsung flagship products deploy the ANT+ concurrency feature. Only available in Android, this ANT advantage makes it possible for consumers to utilize a variety of third party ANT+ apps all at the same time. Additionally, the ANT protocol (the basis of the ANT+ interoperability standard), features extensive and flexible network topologies also suited for home and process automation such as lighting control. Designed for reliability and fast time-to-market, ANT and the interoperability of ANT+ open up vast possibilities for Android app developers and product manufacturers.
About ANT / ANT+ (www.thisisant.com)
ANT is an established protocol and silicon solution for ultra-low power (ULP) practical wireless networking applications. With over 60 million devices in the market, ANT+ facilitates interoperability between ANT+ devices and the collection and automatic transfer of sensor data. Applicable in sport, wellness management and home health monitoring, ANT+ (built on the base ANT protocol) defines device profiles that specify data formats, channel parameters and network keys.
ANT+ is the pervasive ULP wireless technology facilitating the capture of critical market share in the exploding mobile sensor sector. This standardized communication platform enables quick-to-market solutions for application developers, sensor manufacturers, cell phone makers. ANT+ has amassed an ecosystem of world-class technology vendors in the ANT+ Alliance, an open special interest group of companies who have adopted the ANT+ promise of interoperability. These industry leaders offer readily-available brand name products for sport, wellness management and home health monitoring. Visit thisisant.com/directory for a complete listing of ANT+ certified and verified products.
The company behind ANT Wireless is Dynastream Innovations Inc. (www.dynastream.com). Dynastream was established in 1998 and became a wholly owned subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. in December 2006. Dynastream is based in Cochrane, Alberta, Canada, and is a world innovator in the research and development of inertial and wireless technology.
ANT+ Product Directory (www.thisisant.com/directory)
The ANT+ Product Directory is a complete inventory of all ANT+ certified or verified products. It is a tool designed specifically to help consumers source hundreds of industry-leading devices and all compatible products within the vast ANT+ ecosystem. Devices may be searched by product name, brand, activity or product category, allowing the consumer to create a monitoring system that meets their specific needs.
About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for people everywhere. Through relentless innovation and discovery, we are transforming the worlds of televisions, smartphones, personal computers, printers, cameras, home appliances, LTE systems, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. We employ 270,000 people across 79 countries with annual sales of US$187.8 billion. To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.