Last year the American chipmaker Qualcomm announced the support for India’s NavIC satellite navigation system in its upcoming portfolio at that time. Then in January, the company announced its new chipset Snapdragon 720G, Snapdragon 662, and Snapdragon 460 chipsets. This system-on-chip (SoC) models will be supporting Navigation with Indian Constellation (NavIC).
Whereas its top-of-the-line chipset Snapdragon 865 does not support NavIC which has been designed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Now the device powered by the latest chipset the flagship Snapdragon 865 SoC will also have support for India’s navigation satellite system.
Soon the flagship device powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 chipset will be supporting NacIC which is also known as Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS). The company recently revealed that its flagship chipset will soon be capable of supporting this feature with a final software update.
In October last year, the company announced the support for NavIC Satellite Navigation System in its system-on-chip (SoC) and also showed its gratitude to work with ISRO to bring the feature to the Indian consumers to upgrade their navigation experience and enhance the geolocation capabilities of mobile, automotive and the Internet of Things (IoT) solutions in the region. The company also mentioned that this would be capable with the final software update coming to their OEMs around April 2020 for the Snapdragon 765, 720G, 662 and 460 support NavIC. Snapdragon 865 chipsets.
Last week Realme India chief also revealed that its Realme X50 Pro 5G smartphone comes with support for the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO’s) Navigation With Indian Constellation (NavIC) technology. The head revealed this after a user enquired about him on Twitter. His tweet reads, “Yes, our ultimate flagship, #realmeX50Pro features #NavIC & even our upcoming phone will feature it as well. So World’s first, World’s second, coming in a row, all for India. Plan to talk more on 5th March. See you there with 1500 #realme fans.”
Those who are unaware, NavIC provides accurate location performance, faster time-to-first-fix (TTFF) position acquisition, and improved robustness of location-based services. This will help in improving the user experience for location-based applications especially in dense urban environments where geolocation accuracy tends to degrade. The IRNS has been developed and designed by the Indian Space Research Organisation to provide accurate position information service to users in India as well as the region extending up to 1500 km from its boundary, which is its primary service area. According to ISRO, “The space segment consists of the IRNSS constellation of eight satellites, NavIC. Three satellites are located in suitable orbital slots in the geostationary orbit and the remaining four are located in geosynchronous orbits with the required inclination and equatorial crossings in two different planes. All the satellites of the constellation are configured identically. The satellites are configured with I-1K Bus to be compatible for launch onboard PSLV.”
In addition to this, iQOO also launched its latest smartphone powered by Snapdragon 865 that is iQOO 3 5G. But it is still unclear that after the update will it have support for NavIC or not.
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