Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is all set to become the first mobile manufacturer to incorporate a global positioning system (GPS), NavIC, made by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), in their upcoming smartphone devices.
According to ET, NavIC will be present in the chipset, which is manufactured by US-based tech giant Qualcomm, of Xiaomi’s upcoming smartphones.
What Is NavIC?
NavIC is the operational name for ISRO’s Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), an independent regional navigation satellite system being developed by India. NavIC is the Indian version of the global positioning system (GPS) that we have used over the years
An ISRO official said that Qualcomm has confirmed the news. “Since Xiaomi is in agreement to use these chips, the company may launch its mobile phones with NavIC,” the official added. Moreover, ISRO has officially announced that the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), an organisation maintaining standards for mobile services, has approved the incorporation of NavIC in smartphones.