Qualcomm, Samsung in location-based services deal

Chip vendor Qualcomm on Thursday announced its location-based services deal with smartphone maker Samsung for China.

As part of the deal, Qualcomm is collaborating with Samsung to launch BeiDou smartphones that deliver optimum performance for location-based services within China and globally.

The strategy is to enhance location precision in smartphones and tablets initially in China with support for China’s BeiDou Satellite Navigation System. Supporting the BeiDou constellation within Qualcomm IZat location solutions increases the number of satellites that Qualcomm-based devices can access to provide better position location accuracy.

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The telecom chip major in a statement said Samsung GALAXY Note 3 uses the integrated tri-band location platform to provide more accurate and responsive location data to mobile users.

Qualcomm IZat location solutions enable Samsung to deliver optimal user experience with accurate location information and services in China. Bringing BeiDou-enabled phones to China means the Galaxy Note 3 has access to more satellites, which increases location accuracy. This improves customers’ pedestrian navigation, speeds local searches and enhances other location-based services, Qualcomm said.

In Snapdragon and Gobi chipsets, global positioning support is built into the modem and RF chips, enabling the location signals to be processed in the modem, instead of waking up the apps processor, thus saving power without sacrificing location accuracy.

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