Qualcomm’s Snapdragon to Back NavIC

Qualcomm Technologies said its new snapdragon chipsets for mobile phones would support location tracking using NavIC, the satellite navigation system developed by India as a local alternative to the US Global Positioning System.

Snapdragon chipsets are used in most mobile phones sold in India. The American chipmaker said it built the NavIC support with the help of its India team.

“The initiative will help accelerate the adoption of NavIC and enhance the geolocation capabilities of mobile, automotive and the Internet of Things solutions in the region — with the backing of engineering talent in India,” Qualcomm said in a statement.

Snapdragon chipsets power the midrange smartphones that run on the Android platform. Qualcomm said it would launch commercial products with NavIC support from the first half of 2020. “NavIC is a critical step forward in our pursuit of harnessing space technology for national development and we are eager to make it accessible to everyone for their day to day use. Qualcomm technologies’ leadership and support for NavIC on their mobile platforms will bring the benefits of this indigenous solution to every Indian,” Isro chairman K Sivan was quoted as saying in the statement.

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