Galileo-enabled smartphone users hit 1 billion

Tuesday 10 September 2019 | 08:53 CET | News
The European GNSS Agency (GSA) said the estimated number of smartphones connected to the EU's satellite system Galileo has reached the milestone of 1 billion. The figure is based on the number of smartphones using Galileo sold across the world, said the GSA, adding that the actual number of Galileo users around the world is much larger. 

Spanish vendor BQ pioneered Galileo use in smartphones with its Aquaris X5 Plus back in July 2016. Since then, market uptake of Galileo-enabled smartphones has been rapid and there are currently 156 Galileo-compatible models available. Some 95 percent of companies that produce smartphone chips for satellite navigation currently make chips that enable Galileo, added the EU agency.

In fact, global annual GNSS receiver shipments are forecast to grow continuously across the next decade, from 1.8 billion units in 2019 to 2.7 billion units in 2029. Most of these shipments are for receivers costing less than EUR 5, around 90 percent of which are used in smartphones and wearables.

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