Danish company Endomondo has launched its first Android app to collect and monitor sports performance. Endomondo Sports Tracker app, can turn mobile phones into a full-fledged personal trainer in your pocket, bringing together advanced sports performance monitoring data on Android smartphones with full support for the ANT+ health and fitness devices from ANT Wireless.
Endomondo is the first Android smartphone app to provide support for the ANT+ wireless sensor network of more than 14 million health and fitness devices. ANT’s technology allows Endomondo users on Android mobile devices to communicate with various health and fitness devices and collect and transmit performance data in real-time.
“Endomondo’s ANT+ Android app brings a new standard of interoperability and functionality to the consumer,” stated Rod Morris, Director, ANT Wireless. “Collectively, Endomondo, Sony Ericsson and ANT+ enrich the user experience with more useful, real-time data and connection to over 14 million commercial monitoring sensors.”
Available on both free and paid versions of Endomondo, the app works on phones with a built-in ANT+ chip. Currently available phones include the Xperia™ line of handsets from Sony Ericsson – Xperia arc, X8, X10 mini and X10 mini pro. Previous versions of Garmin heart rate monitors also support ANT+.
ANT+ showcased a prototype of the Endomondo app at the Texas Instruments stand during Mobile World Congress in February 2011. The demonstration showcased the data taken from a person riding a bike, and featured bike speed, bike cadence, and heart rate.
“With support for ANT+ sensors, athletes have an easy way to collect data and track their performance in the Endomondo app,” said Mette Lykke, co-founder, Endomondo. “The combination of ANT’s innovative wireless technologies and the advancement in smartphones builds upon our goal with Endomondo to make fitness more motivating, social and fun.”
Endomondo Sports Tracker also incorporates community and social features that allows users to challenge friends and share results. Endomondo Sports Tracker has more than 2.5 million downloads with at least 10,000 new downloads per day. It is available on seven mobile platforms (iOS, Android, RIM, Symbian, Windows Phone, Windows Mobile, Java) and more than 250 handsets and supports almost all GPS phones.