Qualcomm and Trimble boost location accuracy for smartphones

Qualcomm Technologies is integrating Trimble RTX GNSS technology to its Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and Snapdragon 888 mobile platforms to enable superior location capabilities in premium Android smartphones.

Combining the Trimble RTX technology with premium Snapdragon mobile platforms supercharges Android phones’ positioning capabilities, leading to higher quality and, more accurate location-based user experiences for car navigation with lane-level guidance.

Smartphone makers, service providers and application developers using Snapdragon 8 and 888 mobile platforms will be able to provide mobile users with robust metre-level accuracy. This is a 5x improvement in location accuracy compared to typical accuracy available today.

This new collaboration expands Trimble’s relationship with Qualcomm Technologies to provide high-accuracy positioning solutions for connected vehicles, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving solutions to automotive OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers.

“Together, we are boosting premium Android phone functionality, helping mobile applications provide better information about the user’s immediate surroundings,” said Lisa Wetherbee, General Manager of Trimble Advanced Positioning.

“Precise positioning, where accuracies are down to a metre or less, is a necessary capability in next-gen premium Android phones, providing better mapping, more accurate navigation and new exciting services to consumers,” said Francesco Grilli, Vice President of Product Management at Qualcomm Technologies.

The Trimble RTX technology in Snapdragon 8 and Snapdragon 888 mobile platforms are expected to be available in Q2 of 2022.