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The days of the Samsung Vibrant GPS troubles are long behind us and thanks to Qualcomm, future GPS problems on Samsung devices look like a thing of the past. Qualcomm has revealed that smartphones supporting their S2 or S3 Snapdragon processor are now capable of accessing two satellite networks. Most Android phones currently access the Global Positioning System only which is a network of 27 satellites but, a second network of 24 satellites operated by the Russian government exists called the Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS).
Qualcomm’s Rob Chandhok says that select Snapdragon devices can now access both networks, referred to as a “dual-core” location system.” Qualcomm says the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II is among one of the first smartphones to offer this new feature. The great news is that current and future GSII owners don’t have to lift a finger to take advantage of improved Global Positioning.
Qualcomm plans to offer a list of other phones in the coming weeks that will also be taking advantage of this second network of satellites. Having access to both GPS and GLONASS will improve battery life, give a more reliable and exact position as well affording a better fix on your location.
Confused? Don’t worry, check out Qualcomm’s video below which explains “dual-core” location for your phone.