Chinese Smartphone-maker Debuts Device With Embedded ISRO Navigation System

In October 2019, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) developed an Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System - equivalent to the US Global Positioning System (GPS). The operational name of the Indian geo-navigation network is NavIC.

On Thursday 12 March, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi launched its latest mobile device series - the Redmi Note 9 - in India, priced between $175 - $215 approx. with ISRO's NavIC built-in. As an autonomous regional satellite navigation system, it is currently capable of fetching accurate real-time positioning and timing services.

The system can cover Indian geography as well as a region extending 1,500 kilometres around the system. According to reports, Xiaomi's ninth generation of Redmi devices running on a company-customised MIUI version of Google's Android operating system, would prioritise NavIC over the traditional GPS system on Google Maps. ISRO designed the navigation system in partnership with US-based chipmaker Qualcomm. Support for NavIC has made its way into recent smartphone launches.

Read more in GPS Daily article.

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