Location data on Android phones is about to get much more accurate

Location data on Android phones is about to get much more accurate

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.

Android phones with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and Snapdragon 888 Mobile Platforms will be able to measure location data to within one metre in the coming months (approximately three feet). Qualcomm will employ Trimble’s RTX GNSS correction services platform to give more precise location data to Android smartphone makers, service providers, and app developers.

Highlights

  • It’s unclear whether existing phones will be able to use more precise location data with this tech. Engadget has contacted Trimble and Qualcomm for clarification. The prospect of more accurate location data naturally raises questions about privacy. However, you’ll still be able to switch off location tracking system wide and for individual apps and delete your location history from the Android OS.