ISRO to design NavIC for new smartphones which will help improve the geo-location feature! Read on to find out more…

In an exciting piece of news, the Indian Space Research Organisation has confirmed that they are providing consultation to chipmaker Qualcomm, with regard to enabling Navigation with Indian Constellation in their Snapdragon mobile chipset platforms. NavIC, also known as Navigation with Indian Constellation or The Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) is of superior quality, and at par with US-based GPS, Galileo from Europe and Russia’s Glonass. 

According to ISRO, these chipsets released by Qualcomm will help accelerate the adoption of NavIC by smartphone OEMs. What’s more, the OEMs can release new models for the Indian market, which are NavIC-enabled. This will also help enhance the geolocation capabilities of smartphones. 

If reports are to believed, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi will be the first company to use the NavIC-enabled chips. The chipset is likely to provide accurate position information service to users in India, as well as the region extending up to 1500 kilometres from its boundary, according to ISRO. 

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IRNSS was developed for terrestrial, aerial and marine navigation, as well as disaster management and integration with mobile phones. As stated by ISRO, the international body, 3GPP, has formally approved the usage of the tech.

It’s time to wait and watch – after all, this is a huge development!