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Add support for ANT+ with Strava Android App

Has anyone tried using an ANT USB adaptor (such as the one Garmin sells) to receive ANT sensors on an Android phone? I have a Galaxy Nexus phone with Jelly Bean (4.2). It seems that if I install the ANT Radio Service and the ANT USB Service (both free from the Google Play store) I might be able to get ANT to work with my phone and hopefully the Strava app.  The description for the ANT Radio Service app lists compatible apps but Strava is not listed

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  • It seems more people are getting disappointed in Strava. I find it very weird that a proffessional biker like you Elle, does not use a superior protocol like Ant+. It has never failed me, very unlike Polar. The combination of a good recording device (Garmin) an a good app is a winner, but it seems it wont be Strava... The hard thing is, to convince all my bikefriends to change to another community, so I am forced to synchronise.

     

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  • It appears that the Android engineering team does plan to add ANT+ support this year. We don't have any specific timeline, but it's in our backlog. I really hope we can make you all happy Strava athletes in the end! My apologies for the miscommunication on my part regarding the status of this feature request. 

    Until I have further news from the development team, I'm going to close the thread for comments. I think we have enough feedback to inspire our future decisions!

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  • Hello again -

     

    We’d love to have your help making sure we test the right ANT+ devices and accessories as development progresses. As we move into a testing phase for ANT+ support within the Android app, we want to know what devices and accessories you hope to use so we can ensure a quality experience. 

     

    Please fill out the below form for as many devices/accessories as you’d like to record with. Feel free to share with other Strava for Android friends as well. 
    Thanks!
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  • Thanks for your patience! 

    We will soon have a version of the Strava app with ANT+ support available for testing. Please fill out this form if you'd like to be involved in the beta testing: 

    http://goo.gl/forms/r0vkwFmxwx

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  • Thank you for signing up for access to our ANT+ build. I'm sorry for the delay - our upcoming release had some changes we wanted to make, and ANT+ support necessarily had to go after.
    1. Please sign up for the Google Group here - and please sign up for email updates! We promise not to email you about anything besides ANT+ support in Strava's Android application.
    2. Sign up with Google Play for Strava test apps. If you're already in our beta group, this will already be enabled. You have to sign up with the same Google account as you used for the Google Group.
    3. In a few weeks, you will see an update that mentions ANT+ support in the release notes.
    4. Pair an ANT+ sensor from the app, then go for a ride or a run!
    After that, please do email android-early-access-feedback@strava.com and give us your feedback on our ANT+ build. Good feedback helps, and problem reports help too!
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  • It's here! We released an Android app with ANT+ support to our early access testers. 

     

    WHATS NEW:

    Thank you for helping test Strava! Send feedback to android-early-access-feedback@strava.com

    ANT+: ANT+ power, heartrate, cadence and footpod sensors are now able to connect with Strava. If your phone does not have native support for ANT+ you may use a USB adapter to connect to ANT+ sensors.

    BTLE: BTLE sensors are also supported, but Bluetooth 2.0 support has been removed.

    Step Rate: If your device includes a step count sensor we use that to track your step rate during a run. 

     

    If you have technical support questions, not feedback for the app, feel free to contact us directly

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  • Jason,

    You were ahead of my reaction. and you are right spot on. Let's put it this way: If it would take Strava 2 years to programm an app for ANT+, and the competition has is a long time, I don;t see myself as a whiner. No, this company does't listen to the customers but suits its own path.

    Elle: you talk about version V4.6, but I'm on 4.9.1 at my S6edge and can't find anywhere I can scan for ANT+ hardware, which is possible in e.g. Endomondo. There must be a possibility to connect or disconnect hardware, if I accidently connect with another heartstrap or buy a new one.

    And Rodolfo: You must be the ultimate ass licker of all times.

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  • Rodolfo:

    You seem to come to the issue vastly ill-informed. Starva supported ANT+ in Apple devices with an add-on dongle for approximately 2 years before adding it to Android phones that had the functionality built-in. And then they suggested that we all dump our investment in ANT+ and buy Bluetooth devices.

    And yes, the internet is big. So what? Are they using Strava? Here you had PAYING customers who wanted a reasonable feature that was already supported on another platform. I did cancel by premium membership over this. If you are developer who lets a loyal customer go that easily, then I doubt you are particularly successful.

    Strava stared listening less than a month after it was suggested we start commenting on the rides of the product developers.

    Japp:

    I think you have to go to Record Activity and select the triangle at the bottom right. Not exactly intuitive, but it works.

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  • Robert:

    Thanks, I see it now. Maybe a point for improvement

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  • For those who don;t want to read through 3 years of posts here is a basic timeline:

    5/24/2012   IPhone ANT+ and BTLE support announced. Legacy BT for Android - but they seem to have removed the original blog post.
    12/29/2012   This Android ANT+ topic started
    2/17/2014   Elle: ANT+ not even on road-map
    10/15/2014   Elle: Admits ANT+ wouldn't be a large project
    2/16/2015   Elle: Still no plans for ANT+. BTLE priority
    2/17/2015   ANT+ planned but no time table. In "backlog"
    3/2/2015   Sign up for Beta announced
    7/1/2015   Sign up actually starts
    9/18/2015   Actual Beta starts
    12/14/2015   Official android support for ANT+ and BTLE

    So yeah, just 3.5 years after IPhone received support Android gets it. Took a year for Strava to even respond. 2.75 years since iOS implementation to even get on road-map. Actual development time? 10 months tops, probably less.

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  • well so far my Xiaomi redmi 1s smartphone with ant+ support is working well with wahoo and magnetless cadence, speed, sensors plus hrm3SS of garmin

    i checked out strava's new update installed them and tried the ant+ support feature and it worked, i already have the ant+ ip sensor app installed when i was using wahoo app

    i only tried the hrm3SS will check out the cadence, speed and hrm sensors of garmin later it should work with strava android app

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  • I have further discovered that I can export my Endomondo recorded training as a gpx and import it to Strava including the heart rate and it still captures 'segments' performance this way too. It would be cleaner to just use Strava, especially because I find the GPS mapping more reliable than Endo (I have had Endo drop out half way through rides before), but for the present I just run Endo and do the export/import thing.

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  • Sorry folks! We still don't have plans to include ANT+ for our Android app. BTLE is our priority and we also have concerns about the reliability and consistency when recording data from ANT+ accessories on Android. We feel it's complicated to support all the hardware and accessory options for a quality recording experience. 

    I hope those of you with ANT+ accessories can find alternative apps that do support this technology (many other fitness apps sync with Strava) or upgrade to BTLE accessories. 

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  • I'm a real person Jason! http://blog.strava.com/behind-the-scenes-with-elle-anderson-9121/

    I'm really sorry for the disappointment. Wish there was more I could do! 

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  • Good to see ANT+ is working. Grat work from Strava as always, a motivated staff with lots of feedback from all users,

     

    Even nicer to see you guys shut up that bunch of whiners that think app development is like making a fingersnap.
    It takes time, licensing, lots of bureaucracy and hours of code, testing , debugging approval, rinse and clean.

    The effort is not just clicking things and BAM! here is your feature!

    Why? Because if they announce it faster and it fails, then... here comes the whiners again, specially those that DO NOT PAY A DIME anywhere and feel like they should have their asses licked.
    You guys realize that everytime I see the phrase "I am taking my business elsewhere" 10 people has already signed up the free trial while you type it? Nobody cares, the internet is BIG.

    To resume, if you want more features, support the app developers and find other place to relieve your pain.

    Strava just showed you all that they deliver.

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