Qualcomm Identifies First GPS+Glonass Smartphone

5/23/11

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 is the editor of Xconomy San Diego. You can e-mail him at bbigelow@xconomy.com or call (619) 669-8788 Follow @

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