Smartphone manufacturers are not keen on Indian GPS

The Indian government wants to reduce its dependence on foreign systems such as GPS (owned by the US) by developing its own technologies. But not every manufacturer wants the Indian standards supports.

One of the technologies is NavIC (Navigation with Indian Constellation), which works in much the same way as GPS, but aims to provide “more accurate domestic navigation” for Indian consumers.

NavIC was approved in 2006, but it didn’t go into full operation until 2018 with eight satellites covering the entire territory of India, plus some other regions on the continent.

But now the Indian government wants tech companies to make their devices compatible with the new standard. Some of the major smartphone vendors don’t seem to care about that because of the higher costs.

Another concern has to do with the frequency at which the NavIC system operates. At present, the Government of India relies on the L5 satellite frequency, which is normally not supported by smartphones (Apple now supports L5 with iPhone 14 Pro and Apple Watch Ultra). The companies are trying to convince India to use the L1 frequency, the same as the GPS frequency.

The iPhone already supports the Russian GLONASS, the European Union Galileo, the Japanese QZSS and the Chinese BeiDou.

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Source: Nieuws – Emerce by

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