Apple and different organizations are worried as India attempts to push its own GPS system
Global Positioning System, or GPS, is one of the most famous satellite-based navigation systems in the world. Nonetheless, there are different technologies that give exact location by satellite – and presently India is attempting to push NavIC, its own navigation system. Be that as it may, Apple and different organizations appear to be stressed over this.
The Indian government wants to lessen its reliance on foreign systems like GPS (which is owned by the US) by making its own technologies.
One of these technologies is NavIC (Navigation with Indian Constellation), which works essentially the same way as GPS however is focused on giving “more accurate domestic navigation” for Indian customers. NavIC was approved in 2006, yet it just went into full operations in 2018 with eight satellites covering the whole domain of India, in addition to a few different locales around the landmass.
India wants smartphones with NavIC
Albeit the Indian government has plans to grow NavIC coverage to different places in the world, India maintains that tech organizations should make their gadgets viable with the new standard before then, at that point. In any case, some of the major smartphone vendors don’t appear to be content with the information.
Delegates from Apple, Xiaomi, and Samsung apparently said in private meetings that making their gadgets viable with NavIC would increment production costs essentially. The organizations likewise guarantee that carrying out such technology would require “more testing clearances,” which appears unfeasible for a 2023 adoption.
One of Samsung India’s executives let authorities know that supporting NavIC requires new chipsets and other hardware changes, and that most organizations are “already prepared for models to be launched in 2024.” The executive recommends that carrying out NavIC on cell phones wouldn’t be feasible until 2025.
One more worry of tech organizations is connected with the frequency on which the NavIC system works. At this moment, the Indian government depends on the L5 satellite frequency, which is significantly less common for cell phones (Apple currently supports L5 with iPhone 14 Pro and Apple Watch Ultra). The organizations are attempting to persuade India to use the L1 frequency, equivalent to the GPS frequency.
NavIC adoption might require a few years
India can guarantee that the nation isn’t the only one to have its own navigation system. For example, iPhone as of now supports Russia’s GLONASS, the European Union’s Galileo, Japan’s QZSS, and China’s BeiDou. Obviously, these systems were launched well before NavIC, and it required a few time before Apple and different organizations carried out them in their gadgets.
The Indian government is known for forcing high local taxes on products that have no local production – that is the reason Apple presently collects iPhones in India. It’s muddled right now whether the government will use a comparative way to deal with force adoption of NavIC on new cell phones.