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Xiaomi and ISRO in advanced talks to launch NavIC supported phones in India: What this means

Qualcomm has announced that its chip is going to have NavIC and they are releasing it. Now, Xiaomi is in agreement to have it. Xiaomi may launch its mobile phones with NavIC chipsets.

By: Tech Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 3, 2020 4:41:45 pm
Satellite navigation systems, Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System, Space programme of India, Global Positioning System, Telecommunications, Economy of China, Companies, Xiaomi, Smartphones, Navigation, Draft:Xiaomi Mi 5, Satellite navigation Chipsets that support NavIC are currently being manufactured by Qualcomm and have been designed to accurately provide position information to users in India. (Representational Image: Redmi K20 Pro)

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Xiaomi are in an advanced stage of talks on the provision of chipsets that can support NavIC, which is the Indian version of the Global Positioning System (GPS) told an ISRO official to PTI. If the talks go through, Xiaomi devices will be the first ones to support NavIC.

“Qualcomm has announced that its chip is going to have NavIC and they are releasing it. Now, Xiaomi is in agreement to have it. Xiaomi may launch its mobile phones with NavIC chipsets,” the ISRO official told PTI.

The international body 3GPP has already approved usage of NavIC, due to which ISRO has been able to collaborate with Qualcomm to develop these chipsets.

What is NavIC?

NavIC is the operational name of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS). NavIC is the Indian version of the Global Positioning System (GPS). There are other navigation systems as well. For instance, China has the BeiDou or Beidou Navigation Satellite System (BDS), whcih is based on their satellite navigation. Russia has its own GLONASS or “GLObal NAvigation Satellite System”. Many of the phones already support GPS, GLONASS, and Beidou.

NavIC was developed for terrestrial, aerial, marine navigation, disaster management, vehicle tracking and fleet management & integration with mobile phones. It is said to provide Standard Positioning Service (SPS) to all users and Restricted Service (RS) to authorised users.

Also Read: Explained: Why you could soon be checking your location on NavIC instead of GPS

Chipsets that support NavIC are currently being manufactured by Qualcomm and have been designed to accurately provide position information to users in India and up to 1,500km region from India’s boundaries. The system is said to have a position accuracy of better than 20 metres in India and up to 1,500km region from India’s boundaries.

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