New GPS Chips to Make Navigation by Cell Phone Feasible


Samsung and CSR, a wireless tech company, are partnering to develop a new GPS solution that may slash the costs of producing cellphones with legitimate GPS receivers, replacing the triangulating and location-based services that companies like Verizon are currently hawking to customers. But the question remains: Will people actually use their mobile phones for navigation while driving?

I'll spare the geek speak, but basically CSR's GPS software and Samsung's hardware will work together so well that GPS baseband, one of the costliest parts of integrating GPS into mobile devices, will be eliminated. I'm not too worked up about price cuts on high-end cellphones capable of providing navigation, but I am excited about the notion of more handsets being given the ability to provide legitimate GPS navigation, as opposed to the half-ass location-based triangulation that many consumers now have to live with. [Gizmag]