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Europe's Galileo navigation satellite system goes live with phone support

The Galileo navigation satellite system has gone live, and a number of phones can already access the service, with more on the way.

Published onDecember 15, 2016

After years and years of waiting, Europe’s long awaited Galileo navigation satellite system went live earlier this week. The system currently has 18 satellites in orbit, with more to be added over the next few years. Smartphones with Qualcomm’s 400, 600 and 800 series processors are either able to access the Galileo system now, or can be updated with new firmware to add that support.

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Users who can access the free navigation service from the Galileo satellites will be able to determine a specific position by a metre (3.3 feet). An upcoming paid service will offer even more accurate positional info, down to just centimetres.

The system currently works with the HUAWEI Mate 9, the Mate 9 Pro and the Mate 9 Porsche Edition, along with the BQ Aquaris X5 Plus. According to a post on Reddit, the following phones should be able to support the Galileo system, again with a firmware update:

  • ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe
  • ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra
  • ASUS ZenPad Z8
  • ASUS ZenFone 3
  • HTC HTC10
  • HTC HTCOne A9
  • Kyocera DuraForce PRO
  • Lenovo PHAB2 Pro
  • LG V20
  • LG G5
  • Motorola Moto Z Force Droid
  • Motorola Moto Z Droid
  • Motorola Moto G Plus (4th Gen)
  • Motorola Moto G (4th Gen)
  • OnePlus 3
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 (US only)
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (US only)
  • Sony Xperia X Performance
  • Sony Xperia X
  • ZTE Axon 7

So far, there’s no word on when or if these Galileo satellite system updates for these phones will be released.

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