In the coming months, Android phones with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and Snapdragon 888 Mobile Platforms will be able to measure location data to within one meter (approximately three feet). Qualcomm will use long-term collaborator Trimble’s RTX GNSS correction services platform to let Android smartphone makers, service providers and app developers harness more accurate location info.
Trimble claims it and Qualcomm will improve Android location accuracy by five times compared with current capabilities. The tech, which will be available in the second quarter of this year, will enable features like lane-level guidance for car navigation systems, Trimble said. It might also help users find their ride-sharing driver more easily and designate more precise destinations.
This level of location data accuracy will be sufficient for mapping larger features in the landscape such as pathways, planting beds and trees, but not accurate enough for features that are close together such as individual perennials or bulbs.