Qualcomm Identifies First GPS+Glonass Smartphone

Qualcomm chairman and CEO Paul Jacobs said earlier this month the San Diego wireless giant has developed technology that enables smartphones to use either GPS or Russia’s Glonass satellite location capabilities. Today, Qualcomm says the first GPS+Glonass-capable phone is the MTS 945, available from Russian mobile operator and retailer MTS. It’s an Android-based phone made by China’s ZTE with Qualcomm’s MSM7x30 chipset. While the smartphone offers the benefit of using as many as 55 satellites to calculate global position for navigation or location-based apps just about anywhere in the world, the MTS 945 appears to be targeting Russia’s mid-market users.

Bruce V. Bigelow was the editor of Xconomy San Diego from 2008 to 2018. Read more about his life and work here. Follow @bvbigelow

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