Does my new Oppo R17 Neo support ANT+? I looked at its specifications, but there was no mention of ANT+. So it was super unlikely, but I tested it anyway. Surprisingly, it seems it does. I have not tested if it actually works with an ANT+ device yet, though.
Figure 1 shows its initial output, and it surprised me. Wait, it supports ANT+ hardware-wise? So I tapped on the red padlock icon shown next to “ANT Radio Service” (Figure 2) and a window popped up which told me I needed to give proper permission to ANT Radio Service (Figure 3).
Tapping on “OK” brought up the app settings window for ANT Radio Service (Figure 4). Tapping on “Permissions” opened up the app permissions page (Figure 5). Tapping on “Additional permissions” brought up yet another window (Figure 6). There I could finally turn on “use ANT hardware” (Figure 7). After this, the output of ANTtester changed, and it showed my Oppo R17 Neo was ready to work with ANT+ devices — supposedly (Figure 8).
ANT and its extended version ANT+ is a wireless communication protocols used in sensors. They may be gradually be superseded by the incompatible Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), but they were widely used in fitness-related sensors. I happened to own Sony Xperia’s and Samsung Galaxy’s which supported ANT+, so I have an ANT+-based heart rate monitor. I have written the following articles for this reason.