Qualcomm has announced that it has added support for both the US GPS satellites and Russian GLONASS satellites to its Snapdragon S2 and S3 processor platforms. The addition of GLONASS support means that the phones in the US can access the Russian system as well as the domestic system.
The benefit of that is that the GPS lock will be faster and positional data will be more accurate thanks to two sets of satellites. The Samsung Galaxy S II on T-Mobile already has a chip with that capability. The increased accuracy will allow the user to locate themselves within 2 meters.
The fix will also be stronger when under cover like trees and the location services will be more reliable. The Snapdragon processors will know when to turn on GLONASS and when it’s not needed to save battery life on the smartphone.
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